Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League: Everything we learned from the DC Fandome reveal event
Following an initial tease from earlier this month, Batman Arkhamverse creator Rocksteady showed up during this weekend’s DC Fandome event to officially unveil its newest game: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Along with the game’s official title, Rocksteady came equipped with a suitably bombastic reveal trailer which confirmed many of the theories we speculated on in our recent Suicide Squad primer. Suicide Squad will be a third-person action game starring four of the squad’s most infamous members, and it will support both solo play and up to four-player co-op.
Feels Good to be Bad
Suicide Squad will let players control four of the DC universe’s most recognizable villains: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. While the DC Fandome unveiling didn’t include any actual gameplay, Rocksteady explained that each character will have their own signature attacks, gadgets, and traversal abilities (the last of which will come in handy since the game is open-world).
The trailer also confirms the game’s setting, a war-torn Metropolis which has been decimated by an invading force of Brainiac’s alien goons. Since they’re villains, after all, the team that makes up Task Force X (the Suicide Squad’s official government designation) isn’t exactly taking its mission super seriously despite the promise of a reduced prison sentence should they succeed and (more importantly) survive. However, that all changes when the squad realizes who they’ve been sent to take out: a Brainiac-brainwashed Superman who clearly has no qualms over killing innocents (or pesky government-conscripted villains who get in his way).
Four’s a Crowd
An official press release from Suicide Squad publisher Warner Bros. Interactive lists the game as “an action-adventure shooter,” which makes sense considering all four characters are seen using firearms during the reveal trailer. Interestingly enough, Rocksteady also confirmed that Suicide Squad is set within the larger Arkhamverse, so fans shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a Bat-family member or two showing up to crash the party.
Of course, as the reveal trailer proves, the four playable squad members are lively enough all on their own, whether they’re trading quips or laying waste to Brainiac’s forces. Similar to Square Enix’s upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game, Suicide Squad will allow players to recruit up to three of their friends, with any remaining squad members being controlled by bots. When playing solo or with less than a full party, players can switch over to any bot-controlled squad member anytime they wish, ensuring the game remains fresh and exciting as they explore its open-world map.
So far, the only Justice League member we’ve seen the Suicide Squad tangle with has been Superman, but the game’s Kill the Justice League title seems to suggest that other prominent DC heroes might be in the squad’s crosshairs as well. Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, and even Martian Manhunter might be making their Arkhamverse debut in Rocksteady’s latest, we’ll just have to wait and see. Sadly, assuming the events of 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight remain canon (spoilers incoming), it’s unlikely Batman himself will be showing up since he’s apparently dead (though the jury’s still out on whether he’s actually dead or just faking out his enemies).
The only disappointing element of Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad unveiling was the amount of time fans will have to wait before they can play it for themselves. Currently, the game is slated to launch sometime in 2022 for the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PC. Rocksteady will undoubtedly share more info about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League between now and then, but for now, Suicide Squad fans can rest easy knowing that they’re finally getting a game which will do the squad proud.