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Then and now: compare Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 3 set design to real-life locations Add to ...

For game-maker Ubisoft, it was imperative that Assassin's Creed III look and sound authentic, and so the company hired Maxime Durand to be their history guide. Mr. Durant assembled 60 gigabytes of historical documents, including maps and images of buildings in Boston and New York before and after various fires. His strict attention to detail paid off. The game’s version of Boston’s State House is so painstaking that State House archivists have asked to use Ubisoft’s documents in restoring the building. in this interactive, you can compare modern day images of the current 16th century buildings with their rendering in the game.

St. Paul's Chapel in New York

St. Paul's Chapel on Broadway in Lower Manhattan is the oldest surviving church in Manhattan.

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King's Chapel in Boston

King's Chapel, formerly known as Stone Chapel, was founded by Governor Sir Edmund Andros in 1686 as the first Anglican Church in New England.

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Paul Revere's house

The home of American patriot Paul Revere, located in Boston is today a nonprofit museum run by the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Originally built in 1680, Paul Revere owned this house from 1770–1800.

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Old State House

Built in 1713, the Old State House in Boston was the seat of the Massachusetts legislature until 1798. It is one of the landmarks on Boston's Freedom Trail and is the oldest surviving public building in the city.

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