Hostage Situation Reportedly Underway at Ubisoft Montreal UPDATE

Hostages have reportedly been taken at Ubisoft Montreal's offices on Friday.
Hostages have reportedly been taken at Ubisoft Montreal's offices on Friday. / Photo by Shuichi Aizawa/Ubisoft

UPDATE Saturday, Nov. 14 10:05 a.m. ET: Montreal Police have issued a statement confirming the call to police described a false hostage situation. No threats were detected during the evacuation of Ubisoft Montreal's offices, and no injuries were reported. The police plan to initiate an investigation into the call. Here's the full statement:

"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."

UPDATE Friday, Nov. 13 at 3:54 p.m. ET: The Montreal police released a statement Friday afternoon saying no threat had been identified at the building, but that evacuation efforts remained ongoing. No one has been hurt, per the police. The original article continues below.

Montreal news outlets are reporting Friday that a possible hostage situation is underway at Ubisoft Montreal's offices in the city. The story is still developing.

French-language publication Journal De Montreal reports that dozens of people are being held hostage in the building that houses Ubisoft Montreal. Ubisoft Montreal employees confirmed police activity at the building via social media. All Ubisoft employees in the office have been sent to the building's rooftop, according to reporting from the scene.

Senior community manager at Ubisoft Montreal Eric Pope confirmed his teammates were on the roof of the building in a tweet.

Footage of the scene posted to social media show heavily armed police officers and paramedics standing by. The Montreal police department is asking people to stay away from the area for their own safety.

A motive for the hostage situation is currently unknown, as is the number of hostages. DBLTAP has reached out to Ubisoft for a statement.