Well, as the Faction Conflict lore in the restored Faction Missions points out, the Purple People are plotting to Go to War. Whatever reason that may be behind it, this follows the trend we’ve seen from the pre-launch ARGs to through the story.
My prediction for when it comes: the Templars are going to take it in the shorts. Simply put, this is for the same reason the Atenists planned for Tokyo 2.0 to take place in London.
The Illuminati Labyrinth is hidden below New York with a few clandestine passageways to/from the surface. The Dragon’s base is hidden in plain sight via the twisting alleys of Seoul and their manipulation so that the wrong people aren’t at the wrong places at the wrong times.
Temple Court meanwhile, is amazingly open and accessible from London and not subtle about what it is. It’s an exposed target, and Phoenicians have already demonstrated a willingness to indulge in extreme violence in the vicinity of Templar HQ (see the Saint Nick holiday mission).
All it takes is a second, more calm John, another dangerous artifact (and the Phoenicians have their own hoards after all) and BAM. The Sword and the Cross gets decapitated. It’s not that much better against a conventional assault.
Your thoughts, my friends?