Now to this thread, to talk about more story elements and other potentially spoilery things.
I was OK with the ‘current’ storyline. Seems like they’re setting up another Desmond, in that I assume we’ll be spending more sequels with Layla. Also seemed like an appropriate amount of time in the ‘current’ timeline w/o doing anything really stupid (hello Revelations). But I would have liked to know what happened to Rebecca (wasn’t she hurt at the end of Syndicate?), and I missed Shaun, especially his entries into the codex, which was missing this time around. I don’t think they need to necessarily spend a ton of time (ala AC3) in the current timeline, but there is still the war going on b/t the Templars and the Assassins, and it’d be nice to get a little more update as to what’s going on there.
As for the past part of the story, still not sure what to make of the 6 entries from ‘those who came before.’ It feels like they’re almost trying to reboot or retool that part of the story. But isn’t Juno loose in the internet? Is she still causing havoc? She clearly wasn’t defeated with Desmond saved Earth, but no mention anywhere of any of that part of the story. And then there’s the whole concept that Desmond only delayed the inevitable. That the ‘destruction’ of Earth (people wise, anyway) can’t be stopped because the next ‘node’ needs it to happen. Yet it also seems to imply (to me) that Layla’s version of the Animus could do more than just ‘experience’ the past - it could somehow change it by - and I’m not sure about this - somehow altering which version of the timeline happened (sort of a multi-verse theory), and that maybe that could prevent the Earth from being wiped out? Again, that’s sort of what I took from it - be interested to see what others think about that.