Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Is Coming — Everything to Know
Time to get villainous.
After countless leaks, rumors, fan-prodding, and false starts, Rocksteady Studios has confirmed that its next video game is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Initially, a photo of Superman in the Suicide Squad's crosshairs was tweeted by Rocksteady on August 7, 2020. But beyond that, multiple trailers and images have been shown off, so we know a fair bit about the heroic reasons why the Suicide Squad comes to target the Justice League. It was originally supposed to launch in 2023 but has been pushed to 2024. Here's everything we know about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Release Date
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League was originally supposed to launch in 2022, but Creative Director Sefton Hill announced on Twitter in March 2022 that the game was delayed until spring 2023. Then, after a lackluster PlayStation State of Play showing, the game was delayed once again, and will now launch on February 2, 2024.
Rocksteady explained the delay is to get “the game to be the best quality experience for players.”
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Platforms
You’ll be able to play Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. It will leave behind previous generation systems, as well as the Nintendo Switch.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Trailer
Yes! There's a small cinematic trailer available that you can watch below, along with a few others that have been released in the past two years or so.
From the trailer, we can see that Brainiac has taken over Metropolis. The Suicide Squad, consisting of King Shark, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang were sent by Amanda Waller to defeat the Justice League. Given Metropolis' current disarray and the boy scout's merciless attack, it can be assumed that Superman and the other members of the Justice League have been taken over by Brainiac. Now it's up to the Suicide Squad to save the day.
In October 2021, DC revealed a new story trailer, showing off the cast, with some humor sprinkled throughout. The Suicide Squad is way more over-the-top than your typical band of heroes, and that shines through in the latest trailer.
In it, we see The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Penguin, and other supporting characters, but interestingly, there was no sign of Batman. Batman will be in the game, as confirmed by a later trailer.
As part of the February 2023 PlayStation State of Play, Warner Bros. Games showed off a brand new gameplay trailer, focusing on the cooperative side of things.
Though, much of the reception to the State of Play Trailer was negative, likely leading to the game’s delay to 2024.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay
Now that official gameplay footage has been shown to the public, we have a better understanding of the game’s premise. Following the trailer reveal, Rocksteady creative director Sefton Hill answered some questions about the game, including those related to gameplay.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be a four-player co-op shooter. You can either play it with friends or with AI. If you do play with AI, you'll be able to seamlessly switch between characters. All characters will have access to melee abilities, though it seems like the game will incorporate shooter elements as well.
Much of the game seems to take place in Metropolis.
Kill the Justice League is a live-service game and requires players to be online at all times. Interestingly, the four (anti) heroes won’t be the only playable characters. More characters will be added as post-launch content. Kill the Justice League will also feature a battle pass, just like many live-service games.
It’s unclear how the delay to 2024 will impact the gameplay, as the developer will now have lots of time to address feedback.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Leaks
There are numerous alleged leaks for Rocksteady's Arkham Knight follow-up. There's a chance that none of these turn out to be true, but many of them tie in nicely with the information already announced about Rocksteady's latest project.
In April 2019, a Warner Bros. Marketing email leaked onto ResetEra regarding Rocksteady's upcoming game, which was implied to be Suicide Squad. Notably, this called the game a "Games as a Service" title, meaning it would have multiplayer and regular updates similar to games like Marvel's Avengers and Destiny.
The leak stated that multiple cities would be available like Gotham and Star City. It added that the game was once set to be announced on June 4, 2019, and players that pre-ordered would have early access to a raid. If everything else is the same, we could see a raid system in Rocksteady's Suicide Squad.
According to a 4chan leak, we have a possible synopsis of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League:
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League by Rocksteady Studios. Amanda Waller goes to war with the Justice League when Batman attempts to shut her down over the creation of Project Cadmus. Playable characters include Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, King Shark, Cheetah, and Enchantress."
The playable characters that are known thus far are listed in the leak, giving it some credibility. However, they're also very standard Suicide Squad characters. It's fairly possible the 'leaker' made an educated guess as to what the game could include.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Story
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League follows the titular Suicide Squad as they fend off an alien invasion from Brainiac, who has taken control of the Justice League. So many of Earth’s greatest heroes are helping Brainiac, leaving the Squad as Earth’s only hope for survival. Will they actually kill members of the Justice League? Or simply free them from Brainiac’s control? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Ties to Arkham-verse
According to Sefton Hill, it takes place in the same universe as the Arkham games and will tie up narrative loose ends. In fact, it was confirmed that Kill the Justice League is set five years after the events of Arkham Knight.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will launch on February 2, 2024.
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