Montréal police are on site at the building that houses Ubisoft Montréal’s offices Friday afternoon after responding to a 911 call. Local police have reported that there are no injuries and that they have not identified any threat.
Update: The Montréal police say they were answering a call about a potential hostage situation however no threat was found.
At 2:13pm EST the Montréal Police tweeted about their arrival at the building. “There is an ongoing police operation at the corner of Saint-Laurent and St-Viateur. We ask people to avoid the area. The SPVM is currently validating information and more details will follow.”
At 3:09pm EST they updated to say that there have not been any reported injuries. “Officers have been sent to the location following a 911 call. Specialized SPVM officers are on site inspecting the premises. There are no injuries reported.”
At 3:50pm EST, police say “No threat has been identified for now. We are currently evacuating the building.”
TVA Nouvelles flew over the building, sharing footage of a number of people standing on the roof with a door barricaded. Some employees have tweeted to say they are working from home and were not at the office. A Ubisoft spokesperson has told Kotaku “We are aware of the situation and working with local authorities.”
At 7:16pm Montréal police published further details about the situation:
“This Friday afternoon, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) deployed a large number of resources to answer a call for a hostage situation in a Saint-Laurent Boulevard office building. The perimeter was quickly secured and the SPVM confirms that no threat has been detected and no injuries are reported.
“The evacuees are being directed to a place where investigators will take their statement. A team of CIUSS social workers is also on hand to support them as needed.
“An investigation will follow regarding the call behind this important police force deployment.”
The evacuated building is home to Ubisoft Montréal’s offices along with other businesses. Ubisoft Montréal most recently developed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla which released earlier this week.