Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate [official site] will be getting a Jack the Ripper campaign as part of its season pass DLC. Alice would like us to think that she called this turn of events months ago. She didn’t. In May she was all “tbh I’m astonished it’s set too early for Jack the Ripper [AssCreed Syndicate is set in London, 1868 while the five generally accepted Jack the Ripper killings all date from 1888] – I was convinced they’d go for him playing a pivotal role in The Conspiracy.”
It was in fact Graham who said: “I’m sure he’ll feature in a big bit of DLC.”
Ten points to Graham. Here’s the trailer and some thoughts:
“The last job was such a beauty” the guy purrs as the camera (and a mysterious man) follow a lone woman through the dark streets. Cut to scenes from a butcher – chicken corpses dangling and carcasses in the process of being dismembered. Then it’s all slow motion murder with a knife in the street interspersed with cuts to a blood-spattered bedroom. “I love my work and want to start again… Try to stop me.”
As per the official site, “20 years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, ‘Jack the Ripper’ has embarked on a brutal reign of terror that shocks London to its core and threatens the very existence of the Brotherhood of Assassins.” There aren’t many other details at the moment but I guess from the trailer phrasing that you’re probably trying to stop the Ripper from committing more murders and thus you’re broadly on the side of “not killing women and maybe hacking out their uteruses” although the implication from the official site seems to be that your motivation for getting involved with any of this is the threat to the Brotherhood?
Ah, a press release has arrived:
“Set during the Autumn of Terror in Whitechapel, 1888, a killer’s abominable acts of murder and mutilation terrorise London, creating widespread panic and worldwide media attention. Players will join forces with Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard, to hunt down Jack The Ripper in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the infamous serial killer.”
I dunno. Nothing about Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has grabbed me anyway but this trailer has pushed me even further away. The murders attributed to Jack the Ripper were horrific and brutal. I’ve read about them a few times before because I think a lot of kids go through a phase of being interested in crime, but attending the recent Forensics exhibition at the Wellcome Collection they had the plan of Mitre Square showing where the body of Catherine Eddowes was found. The plan also features a sketch of her mutilated body with a jagged rip from the centre of her chest to her groin. Having a trailer purr at me about the beauty of these “jobs” and offer up all that slow-mo lingering knife and bodice camerawork has repulsed rather than intrigued me. Like, I get that the Ripper character is supposed to be into his own bullshit but then you add in all the lingering shots of lips and bodices and knives? This trailer just feels gross to me.