Why is the modern story even still a thing, does anybody actually give a crap about that stuff? This is one of the main things that holds me back from buying AC games every time they manage to release one with a moderately interesting setting.
I think the original idea was: Desmond was going to become the Ultimate Assassin, by experiencing all of his ancestors' memories & learning all of the skills in the numerous Animus machines that he used, over the course of numerous games.
Of course, they ended that idea, by AC3....
AC3 is pretty much, the game where the series jumped the shark, in numerous ways.
And it's been continuing down the path and continuously shark-jumping, for a LONG time.
Sounds like w/ modern AC's (since AC: Origins) they are following the AC1-3 formula of Desmond here for Layla, but...the problem is, people don't really care about Desmond or Layla. I think what they need to do is - well, obviously - at some point, do a modern day AC game, where you are one of those characters. I always thought it was a missed opportunity, not doing a full AC game as Desmond. In this case w/ the reboot, they could have a modern AC where you are Layla.
I do think AC: Syndicate had the best formula for the modern-day AC stuff - as that was all NOT playable at all and that part was told through cut-scenes, feeling like a reward for everything you were doing in Syndicate.