Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been revealed as the second big game announcement at the DC FanDome stream, it is planned for release in 2022, coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
It’s a 1-4 player co-op game with bots taking the roles of other players if you are on your own, but you can swap between characters as you play. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark and Captain Boomerang are shown, with Amanda Waller giving them orders via comms. The trailer is all CGI, with no gameplay in sight at this time, but WB describe it as having “character-driven story gameplay with third-person shooter action”, and state that each squad member has a unique moveset for getting around the world.
The game is set in a ruined open-world version of Metropolis and continues the story from Rocksteady’s previous Batman games, so we can expect other characters and plot threads from the Arkhamverse to continue.
Superman also makes an appearance, but has clearly been turned from the hero he once was, killing a helicopter pilot. He seems to have been infected with some sort of purple aura, which matches the colour of a monster Deadshot takes out. There’s some real The Boys vibes from that particular point.
The game is out in 2022, which means Rocksteady will have been working on it for well over seven years by the time it launches. The game was confirmed earlier this month after years and years of speculation on what Rocksteady were developing after concluding their Batman: Arkham trilogy in 2015. Rumours had pointed to both Suicide Squad and Justice League games, with the truth being…. both!
Alongside Rocksteady’s new title, Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal unveiled Arkham Knights. Set in a different version of the DC Universe, Batman is dead and Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and Red Hood answering the call to fight crime in Gotham (and in co-op!) and end the plots of the Court of Owls, Mr. Freeze and plenty other villains.
Update: It has now been confirmed that Arkham Knights is in a separate DC universe to Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham series and Suicide Squad.
The run up to the Suicide Squad’s reveal has not been a smooth one for Rocksteady and WB, as allegations of sexual harassment at the company resurfaced over the last few days. A letter penned in 2018 by former senior script writer Kim MacAskil was published by The Guardian, as she sought to highlight the behaviour that the small minority of women at the company were facing. This was followed by an ostensibly unsolicited statement from the women that were at the company during that period and have remained, and Rocksteady have now brought in an independent third party to confidentially speak with current and former employees to try and weed out abusers.