Notre-Dame On Fire is an upcoming French blockbuster that will hit theaters in March, and will have an escape room-type virtual reality video game version, developed by Ubisoft. It is expected to be playable at all Ubisoft partner locations, including several locations in Spain.
The April 15, 2019 a fire devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Fortunately, the firefighters were able to control the fire that night and the structure was saved: although the damage was high, the worst was avoided.
Three years later, Ubisoft will release a virtual reality video game in which we will become members of the Parisian fire brigade.
This is a game made in collaboration with Pathé, the film production company that will premiere a film that will narrate the events of that night, in a dramatic key and with a great display of special effects. Both the movie and the game are titled Notre-Dame On Fire.
Variety reports the first details of this Ubisoft game. This is not a traditional video game, but a immersive experience, lasting one hour, which must be played in specialized venues, such as an Escape Room VR.
“Like any escape game, it consists of puzzles and cooperation with your teammates. The idea is to make your way through the cathedral to look for relics and fight against the fire, because you have to save Notre-Dame before the time runs out“, explains Deborah Papiernik, senior VP of strategic alliances at Ubisoft.
The company behind Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs or Far Cry has another lesser known business model, the virtual reality escape room, in which they have continued to exploit the Prince of Persia franchise, to the ignorance of many of their fans (who despair at this suspicious remake).
Ubisoft’s intention is that this immersive experience can be played all over the world as soon as the movie is released, in March 2022. They confirm that they have 630 partner VR locations around the world with access to their games, several of them in Spain.
The film Notre-Dame On Fire has been directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The production company and distributor Pathé will release the film in France in March, but it does not yet have a distributor in Spain.
In 2019, Ubisoft donated €500,000 to help rebuild it. Presumably, the VR game will reuse the digital Notre-Dame assets that Ubisoft created for the 2014 game Assassin’s Creed Unity.