I hope it isn't an option, it makes more of a cinematic impact being automatic. If it was a controllable option it would have pretty much no impact amd would just seem like a useless option. I am glad that it comes up and down now during gameplay. Hood up all the time was a bit much.
I'd settle for having the option to get different hoods, like how Aveline could switch between a hat and the assassin's hood in her assassin persona.
Really, I encourage different artistic styles between games, but Edward's hood is just off putting for me. It fits too closely to his head, there's no "beak" on it, it just doesn't feel "assassin" like. Sure, I get that he doesn't start out in the brotherhood, but the hood shown so far is just so...plain, no pinache.
The other day I bought a bag of Lays Chips flavored "Chicken and Waffles". It was good. Other people who've found this flavor: 0