“In the autumn of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the Whitechapel district of London, England,” the narrator says in the DLC’s trailer. As with other historical figures in Assassin’s Creed games, Jack the Ripper almost certainly has a direct link to either the Assassins or the Templars.
In contrast to the bulk of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Jack the Ripper appears to be going for a horror-inspired tone, not unlike the disappointing The Order: 1886, which just so happened to also take place in Whitechapel. Hopefully there aren’t any vampires or werewolves in this, though … even that might be a little too crazy for this series.
“How many more must die before you see the truth?” Jack asks the DLC’s protagonist Evie in a calm tone. “Welcome with the reunion, Miss Frye.” This last line suggests that he may be a character that appeared earlier in the main game — the 20-year time gap between the two would make this possible.
While the Assassin’s Creed franchise has had a mixed reception for the last few entries, its expansion content has been fairly well-received. Assassin’s Creed: IV – Freedom Cry garnered particular praise, and Ubisoft ended up giving away Unity’s Dead Kings DLC for free after the game’s botched launch, and abandoned its original season pass model. That’s back in full force again, this year, however, with the season pass selling for $30.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack the Ripper will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 15. A PC release will follow on December 22. If you don’t have the season pass, it’ll set you back $15.