UPDATE, 4:21 PM CST: CBC has confirmed that the 911 call that triggered the operation was a hoax. After evacuating the building and deploying dozens of special officers to assess the area, the Montreal Police confirm that there is no immediate threat nor any injuries. Our original report—posted at 3:03 PM CST—is below.
There are multiple reports of a developing police operation taking place at Ubisoft Montreal’s offices. Per Polygon, a tactical unit was dispatched to the building after a 911 call, but details surrounding the reason for the emergency dispatch are still sparse. An Ubisoft rep told the platform, “We are aware of the situation and working with local authorities.” The Montreal Police’s Twitter account also confirmed the location of the operation and noted that there are no injuries at this time.
Early reports and social media posts from remote Ubisoft employees suggested a possible hostage situation, but authorities have not confirmed those details. Additionally, local news has noted that the building does house other businesses, so there’s a possibility that the issue isn’t directly linked to the gaming company. Helicopter footage showed Ubisoft employees among those on the roof of the building, but not visibly harmed.
Ubisoft is the developer behind popular franchises Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and many others. A percentage of the company’s 3500 employees are currently working from home.