Police action was underway Friday at the Montreal headquarters of Canadian gaming company Ubisoft, where employees were being evacuated for reasons not immediately divulged. Montreal police tweeted that "specialized" officers were sent to a location that corresponds with the company's address. Police responded based on a 911 call, it said.
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A reported “hostage-taking” at the offices of a Montreal video game developer — which sent hundreds of frightened workers scurrying to barricade themselves from “armed” assailants seeking millions in ransom — now may have turned out to be a hoax. Investigators are now questioning the legitimacy of a threatening phone...
Montreal police promise investigation after hostage threat at Ubisoft Montreal building confirmed as hoax
Montreal police evacuated the offices of video game developer Ubisoft Montreal on Friday afternoon in response to a 911 call about a hostage situation that was later confirmed to be a hoax. “The police operation in connection with a hostage taking call is over,” reads a tweet written by the...
Early on Friday afternoon, a major armed police operation took place at the offices of Ubisoft Montréal, which concluded with the building being evacuated. The subject of the operation was not immediately known, but Montréal police have now confirmed that they answered a "call for a hostage situation" at the location. After entering the building, police found no hostage situation, and no one was injured.
The video game company confirmed on Friday afternoon that all team members are safe after being evacuated from the premises. A large number of Montreal police, some in tactical uniforms and holding guns and shields, on Friday responded to an unknown situation at the office building of video game development company Ubisoft in the city's trendy Mount Royal district. It was reported hours later that the alleged incident was a hoax, according to sources cited by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is out today, and in case you hadn't heard it is excellent: "It builds on the already excellent RPG foundations laid by Origins and Odyssey, but with meaningful improvements that iron out many of the frustrations I had with both games," Steven said in his 92/100 review. Valhalla's launch seems to have gone relatively smoothly, too.
Last month, Ubisoft announced it would be combining its long-running Uplay and the Ubisoft Club services into one free uber-service, called Ubisoft Connect; with the arrival of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the service (with its flagship cross-play and cross-progression features) is now in full swing, and, in case it wasn't clear given Ubisoft's previous vagueness, cross-progression isn't restricted to a single console family, but works across all platforms - with caveats.
Ubisoft recently made some changes to its online services, renaming and repackaging Uplay and the Ubisoft Club into Ubisoft Connect, and turning its subscription-based Uplay+ into Ubisoft+ (which Rich reckons still isn't worth the price of admission). Another change came with the release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla earlier this week: Ubisoft is eliminating standalone achievements in its games.
Ubisoft+ is already available on PC. For $14.99 a month, you can download and play more than 100 games — the service includes both classics and newly released titles, such as games in the Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia franchises as well as the company’s upcoming releases. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and Immortals Fenyx Rising will be available in the Ubisoft+ library on their respective launch days.
Ubisoft is merging its loyalty program, Ubisoft Club, and desktop app Uplay into Ubisoft Connect, the developer announced. In addition to a rewards program, it will introduce crossplay and cross-progression in games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. The new hub will be available for free, but...
Ubisoft shared its results for the first half of its 2020-2021 financial year, posting net bookings of €754.7 million ($880.09 million). That is up 8.5% compared to the previous year, and 86% comes from digital net bookings. The Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six publisher attributed the growth to the strength...
Writer Helen Lewis, whose voice was used in in-game podcasts, has faced criticism for past transphobic remarks. Hello, and welcome once again to Replay, WIRED's twice-monthly column about everything happening in the world of video games. Welp, it's been a heck of a November so far, hasn't it? Compared to ::gestures broadly in all directions:: everything else going on in the world, things have been fairly quiet on the gaming front over the past couple of weeks. But there's still plenty to catch up on. Here's everything you need to know.
Ubisoft has announced its own backward compatibility list for playing older PS4 games on the PS5 today. Instead of sharing its list of older PS4 titles that will not be supported on Sony’s next-gen console, Ubisoft has flagged the titles on its own website. The French publisher says that the...