UPDATED (11/13/20 - 1:00 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET): Following a thorough investigation of the Ubisoft Montreal building, the Montreal Police have determined that there was no immediate threat. As such, the police began evacuating the building and guiding Ubisoft Montreal employees to safety, away from the building. It is not confirmed as of yet, but news sources at the scene have reported that the incident may have been a "swatting," in which someone falsely reports a violent incident in order to prompt a forceful response from police. We will update with further information on the situation as it becomes available.
It would appear that there is a hostage situation going on at the Ubisoft offices in Montreal, Canada. Various corners of social media have reported that the office building on Saint Laurent in Montreal's Mile End area has been surrounded by police and there may be numerous employees inside.
The report came from French paper Journal de Montreal. An unverified tweet from Yara El Soueidi, writer for Cult MTL, claimed that a friend of hers that is an Ubisoft employee claimed their co-workers are currently hiding under their desks. Further tweets from others show the police already arrived on the scene and were in the process of restricting access to the area.
Being told there's a hostage situation (?) somewhere on Saint-Laurent between Maguire and Saint-Viateur.— jesse dube-smith (@jesseds) November 13, 2020
Saw cops with guns drawn as people came out of a Ubisoft building with their hands up... pic.twitter.com/dtSnNtaKvV
In the time since the reports first rolled in, Hyper Scape Senior Community Developer Eric Pope has chimed in to claim the situation is very real. Reportedly, Pope was on a call with his fellow Ubisoft co-workers when they were forced to leave the call abruptly (Pope is currently working from home). As the situation continued to develop, apparently employees were moved up to the roof of the building.
this is insane. this is my team on the roof. pic.twitter.com/xT12NpTALF— Eric Pope (@MrPope) November 13, 2020
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Production Marketing Manager Anouk Bachman recently tweeted that she was in the building at the time of the incident, and she and many others were unable to exit. She claimed she and others have since been allowed to leave, but many of her colleagues were still inside the building at the time of her tweets.
My colleagues in the building next are still stuck, Please send good wishes— Anouk Wolf-Kissed Total Landscaping (@Valskuiken) November 13, 2020
The Montreal Police had been on the scene since the reports began coming in. Though investigations are still ongoing of the Ubisoft Montreal premises, a new announcement from the police suggested that no injuries could be reported at the time.
This story is ongoing. We will continue to report on further developments of the supposed Ubisoft Montreal situation as they become available.
TJ Denzer posted a new article, Possible hostage situation reported at Ubisoft Montreal offices
It's still 2020. Fingers crossed.
WTF?! Hope they can deescalate it...
Here is coverage that can be watched: https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2020/11/13/possible-prise-dotages-chez-ubisoft-a-montreal
(Added bonus, brush up on your French language skills)
Looks like it was a hoax, based on the journal de montreal's post
Really hoping that everybody is safe.