History: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Most of the expansion’s strength comes from the way it makes a clean break with the rest of The Assassin’s Creed, shuttling us far from the corpse piles of Velen and the gray gloom of Skellige mere moments after accepting the relevant quest from a message board. The destination is Toussaint, a lovely place of rolling hills carpeted with vineyards and bathed in a warm light that seems to chase away the blues. It’s a smart shift, as it avoids any guilt that Geralt should be busying himself with the bigger issues of the region (as was sometimes the case in Hearts of Stone). In sunny Toussaint, Geralt is just a famous Assassin’s Creed with no urgent need to save the world hanging over his head, and in the context of an expansion the tale is all the better for it.