This first post will be short and I would like to excuse myself in advance for my English (it is a second language).
First of all, just before I start to play Assassin's Creed, my first thought was that the game was something like Prince of Persia, set in ancient times in a mystical universe. Yes, I know, it's silly of me to think Ubisoft would make the same game under another name, but at this time I wouldn't give a sh** (sorry, but this is how I was) about the differences. But when I placed the disc for the first time inside of my console and I began to play, what surprised me was to find myself in... 2012? In a modern-like laboratary owned by a company known as Abstergo. This was very interesting. Yet, it's still is (for me, at least). Without this part of the game, I'm not sure if I would like the Assassin's Creed games as much as I do now. What had really made me adicted to this series was the hole plot about the First Civilization. I wouldn't expect this sort of plot twist in a thousand years.
So, my point comes to this. When I was looking on the Internet about informations for the new games coming over the past years, I discovered that many gamers would have sacrified the modern part. Actually, I deeply believe the games would have lost their charm if there was no modern times gameplay. In many comments, I read that Desmond was an unneccessary character to the story and I wouldn't repeat many other bad things I saw about it. For me, Desmond was a interesting part of the present day story arch and I've been shocked (WARNING! SPOILERS!) by the way they killed him in Assassin's Creed III. But I'm sure I will also like the modern era in the next game, especially since I knew it is set in Montréal.
In conclusion, I would have a question for you. Do you believe that the Assassin's Creed games would be the same without the modern era? Well, of course, they wouldn't be for me. Your comments are welcomed! Thank you for reading and sorry again for the English.