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Police say a “hoax” emergency call has sparked horror at Ubisoft Montreal Studios

Update 12:46 PST: Employees have been safely escorted from the building, leaving a heavy police presence. A group of people remains on the roof of the building, although Montreal police have stated that “the threat has not been identified.”

Update 2:01 PST: According to the Journal de Montreal, the people on the roof raised their hands and evacuated one by one. Police sources speaking to the Canadian media have confirmed that the 911 call that prompted an emergency response was a “hoax.”

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News reports have emerged that a possible hostage situation is underway at Ubisoft Montreal.

The journal de Montreal reported that a “potential hostage situation” has occurred in the building that houses Ubisoft’s Montreal office in Canada. According to their report, “dozens” have been taken hostage.

The journal’s report was immediately corroborated by Ubisoft employees working from home for the COVID-19 pandemic. Community developer Eric Pope Tweeted that he was on the phone With some employees from the office who had to leave suddenly before the journal report came out.

Aerial shots (via journal) show a large number of people on the roof of a building that houses other businesses besides Ubisoft Montreal.

Some Ubisoft Montreal employees tweeted that they were in the building and were safe to leave, but still expressed concern about their colleagues in the building.

A Ubisoft spokeswoman told Gamasutra that the company “is aware of the situation and is working with local governments.”

Update 12:30 PST: Police told Radio Canada’s Kim Bermet that operations near the Ubisoft building in Montreal appear to be related to armed robbery...

Montreal police Tweets too We are currently inspecting the building, saying that there are no injuries.

Update 12:46 PST: Employees have been safely escorted from the building, leaving a heavy police presence. A group of people remains on the roof of the building, although Montreal police have stated that “the threat has not been identified.”

This is a developing story and will be updated when details are confirmed by Ubisoft and the Montreal authorities.

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