2 weeks ago, Rocksteady Studios’ upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League stole the spotlight at a recent Sony State of Play event. With 15 minutes of footage split between gameplay and testimonials from people at the London based developer, the reception, to put it politely, was not kind, even here at Comic Book Video Games. Criticism was rightfully directed at the fact that the game, even when played solo, has to be connected to the internet and the emphasis on tired trends like gear and a battle pass.
Rocksteady, it seems, has taken this to heart as according to Jason Schreier, reporting for Bloomberg, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is going to be delayed out of its May 26th launch date to an unspecified time later this year. Speaking to a source close to the game who wished to remain anonymous, the delay will not lead to a pivot away from the games as a service model, instead the time will be allocated to launch Suicide Squad with as little bugs as possible. WB Games did not offer a formal statement for the breaking story.
Announced in 2020 with a 2022 release window, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has taken more hits than Joker at the conclusion of Batman: Arkham Origins. From reports of mistreatment to women in the workplace to the departure of the studio’s founders and now the negative reception from the State of Play, Rocksteady’s status as a premier development studio has fallen greatly since the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight and Batman: Arkham VR. Time will only tell if their latest product can win back players, but from how things look now, it might be easier to convince Darkseid to give up his search for the Anti-Life Equation.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will arrive sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.