Warner Bros has just revealed the second of its DC FanDome announcements, and it's the one we've all been waiting for. Rocksteady went dark after Batman: Arkham Knight and now it's back with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League for PlayStation 5. It's slated to launch for Sony's next-gen console at some point in 2022. The developer describes the game as a blend of Batman: Arkham action combined with intense gunplay.
The announcement trailer is surprisingly colourful, despite Metropolis being a bit of a warzone. It can be played as a single player game or in multiplayer with a four-person team online -- you'll be joined by bots if you're on your own. You're never locked to any single character either, meaning you can switch between them as and when you like. Rocksteady completely avoided the topic of Games as a Service during its initial pitch -- a model the experience has been rumoured to adopt -- so we may have to wait for more details on that front.
You'll be able to play as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark in a story which pitches the team against DC's greatest superheroes. David Haddad, Rocksteady president, said that the experience will combine masterful storytelling with compelling gameplay: "The team is creating a genre-defining experience that brings the formidable Suicide Squad to life in a way that has never been done before."
What do you make of this first reveal? Let us know in the comments below.
This sounds really freaking solid
Just a great multiplayer title without the live service stuff as of now
Also damn I guess Superman went evil because that definitely ain't Bizarro Superman since the S isn't inverted
Not one, but two potential co-op option DC games..........
I honestly need to see more to make a good judgement, especially some gameplay but what they did show looks solid enough. James Gunn's Suicide Squad looks really good so Rocksteady has to at least match his movie in terms of quality.
@TheFrenchiestFry The article clearly says Rocksteady avoided the questions about Games as a Service, so that doesn't mean it isn't one. It probably is. The whole games industry in general besides Sony is going to this sh$t. So I wouldn't be surprised.
Far as the trailer goes it gave me a good laugh at the end, but as far as excitement i had none. Looks like the same game as that Gotham Knights. Meh
Don't know what to think of it. I don't care about the Suicide Squad but I trust Rocksteady, we'll see. On a side note the art style in this trailer reminded me a bit of Sunset Overdrive.
@Ken_Kaniff The Games as a Service model can work really well though, and a lot of Sony games are them too. Gran Turismo Sport and Dreams, for example.
@feral1975 Which one lol: the comment or the Ronaldo
It really puts into perspective how cynical I've become towards this industry when I see a trailer like this and feel nothing but coldness and apathy.
@LiamCroft Yea, but thats whats wrong with the games industry rn. Look at Rockstar with GTA5. Its fixing to be on its third console, and they have put out only one other game since 2013. These games never die. Im not the type of gamer that wants to play one game for 10 years. Thank God Sony hasn't went to this. Their probably the last hope for good single player games in the future.
Not really much to go on yet. Seems a long way away considering Rocksteady has been so quiet for so long; eight years on this project!
This new CG Suicide Squad movie looks alright. Oh, it’s a game?
@Ken_Kaniff But Sony does make these types of games.
It's way too early to make a judgement call, but I trust Rocksteady to put out a good game. Not to mention it's been in the works for many years already! One to keep an eye on, for sure.
@Ken_Kaniff While I do understand your point of view, there's more choice than there's ever been before. If a type of game doesn't appeal, then there's always something else to fill its place.
That looks pretty good. Games a service is worrying considering it may not fit, but for now I’m very interested.
Evil superman? Looks interesting. I hope it's a single player games, or at least just a coop games that can be played as single player like borderland, not gaas game like marvel avengers, I don't want to level up my characters and have enemy that have life bar.
Edit: It looks like the game is gaas, that's disappointing 😕
Still early going to il wait on some info on this one. Bit of a shame that both games announced havent exactly set the world on fire at least for me personally. This seems the stronger of the two
Seriously? 2 co op/multi-player games. Really? For F$%@ sake man. Oh well there are some great single player experiences coming out. I can guarantee you that the suicide squad game was originally single player and they changed it. That is the only thing that makes sense taking this long to develop
@get2sammyb I doubt it, the chances are a previous project fell through, very rare outside of a couple of publishers to indulge such long AAA development cycles
What if the bad guys were the heroes, and get this, the heroes were the bad guys?
@LiamCroft Are you referring to Predator in that category? Thats the only title i can think you would be referring to, and that game was trash. Because as far back as 2013 all of Sonys major first party titles were great sp games. Aside from Killzone Shadowfall if you want to consider that one.
@get2sammyb Look man I understand yall are running a website here, and in no way was I trying to attack anyone. I was just showing my displeasure for what the mainstream game industry has turned into. Even predominantly sp developers are going to this model i.e. Crystal Dynamics, Rocksteady etc. Its gotten down to where its just Sony now. Maybe thats why I've gone back to primarily playing my PS3 again, lol.
Ugly character design with some generic rap music for 3651 time... As expected.
@LiamCroft Didn't see your other comment. I see what your saying, but those games are different. They don't have that corporate greed all over them.
@Makina Outkast's B.O.B (Bombs over Baghdad) is everything but a generic rap song. It's tempo, instrumental, rap flow, are pretty unique, and easily recognizable from any other hip hop track. Pretty much all music journals have rated the song as one of the best, if not the best, songs of the 00's. It's fine if you don't like the song, but generic it is certainly not.
I know I always say the same thing but I can't get excited at all for cg trailers. Everything less than gameplay means nothing to me, I end up forgeting every trailer I see lol
2022? 😂 I take it whatever game they were making after Arkham Knight got scrapped.
@Kidfried Too right. Calling it generic shows an absolute lack of knowledge about rap. Might as well call The Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’ a generic pop song or Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ a generic metal song.
Killing superheroes for a change sounds great to me.
@Kefka2589 You make a really good point. I've honestly never thought of it that way. I blame gamers more than I do the developers themselves though. Because like you said they didn't know they'd be porting GTA5 to the PS5 when they made it for the PS3, but when people continue to ignorantly pour money into it, why would the developer even make another one? This model of gaming honestly i think will have a long term effect on the industry moving forward in the long run. We don't see an impact of it now, but GTA5 (PS3 game) being on three different consoles is the first taste of the future of gaming.
@Ken_Kaniff Nintendo, Capcom, Square Enix and CDPR have all put out a good amount of good games that aren't live service games
@Kidfried @nessisonett Don't be stupid guys! Rap obviously isn't real music duhhhh! Ben Shapiro says so and he's a clever guy. It's just people mumbling over incoherent drums. /s
@AFCC It's not cg. It's in-engine cinematic.
After years of radio silence, both Gotham knights and this seem very underwhelming. We've been presented two games that don't differentiate themselves much if at all from Marvel's Avengers.
I was very hyped by this trailer, looking forward to seeing some legit gameplay!
Same feeling. It's all GaaS 🙄
@Ken_Kaniff I'm going to back you up mate. Rocksteady went from making a great and focused SP experience to this?
It looks spectacular and entertaining and fun BUT it's not what I expect from the creators of the Arkham series. The fact that it looks so similar to Gotham Knights is kind of disheartening as well.
Both games look good, don't get me wrong, but they both seem to share more in common with The Avengers game than with Arkham City. I'm a tad disappointed.
Sony and CD PR are the only hope for sp gamers right now, maybe Rockstar and Bethesda mght surprise us in th future but so far it doesn't look good.
Oh well DC, at least The Batman looks really cool and Wonder Woman 1984 should be fun.
I'm sure plenty of people will get enjoyment out of both this game and Gotham Knights but I think I'll pass.
@LiamCroft while I 100% agree that GaaS don't necessarily have to be aggregious, I'm not sure I'd call either GT Sport or Dreams stereotypical examples of GaaS. Given what the term is used to mean within the industry, which is essentially a way to continually monetize a game after their initial sale, or to support a free-to-play model. Games that use the GaaS model generally receive a long or indefinite stream of monetized new content over time to encourage players to continue paying to support the game, usually via a premium currency to obfuscate the in-game purchases, which are ironically designed to circumnavigate playing the actual game to achieve an in-game target, and they generally have gambling as part of their core business model. Does either Dreams or GT Sport have loot boxes? Or crafting mechanics? Genuine question, not been on either in a while. I know GT Sport added Micro-transactions for purchasing in-game cars a year or so after its initial release, so GT Sport is a murky one I think, but given the backlash it received for doing so, I'd argue it might be evidence for the prosecution that GaaS are generally trash.
I'd also draw a distinction between Micro-transactions and DLC here, which is sometimes confused and conflated. DLC is expansions to a core product that expands the experience in new and set ways. Microtransactions are purchases made within the already existing game structure. I'm not aware of Micro-transactions in Dreams, although I could be wrong because I've only really "sampled" the game. More often than not I hear Dreams mentioned or spoken about as either extreme / early examples of GaMS (Game as Market Space) or GaCS (Game as Creator Space) which essentially mean the same damn thing, but no-one can agree on the best term. Basically it's a space / game that allows player content creations to become potential "purchases" or "product" within games. That's actually a significantly different model to GaaS.
Also games that are online only, or require / rely on an online connection for their core to function quite often get lumped erroneously into the GaaS category. I would argue Dreams really isn't a GaaS, GT Sport isn't so clear cut, and I could certainly make an argument that it evolved into a GaaS. Beyond those two examples mentioned though, I'm genuinely struggling to think of other Sony games that clearly fall into the GaaS category. I think we might see them do it more this generation with games like Destruction Allstars and the (rumoured) SOCOM reboot, but generally speaking Sony have avoided this business model, and most games that adopt it are aggressively designed to funnel people towards ongoing recurring transactions.
Great, 2 co op, live service games... guess ill wait for more info before judging too much.
I like Harley's haircut in this
Edit: lol I just watched the trailer, no idea how the game plays but it looked good.
Not sure how much influence the new film would have on the characterisations of the characters because this definitely played out like a scene from guardians of the galaxy. Particularly king shark being a drax-like
I’ll never understand this: The trailer is 4:08 long, and shows 0:00 gameplay footage. What’s the point of this? At this point, the next Halo game is one of the best looking next gen games just based on the fact that it’s one of the few upcoming games with actual gameplay footage.
No gameplay and it's 2 years + away? I hate it when company's do this, don't show the game off unless it's coming soon, there's no point in even getting hyped about this.
@Col_McCafferty Suicide Squad is also supposedly a continuation of the Arkham series... Which just hurts me deep in my soul, guess Batman Arkham Games are dead.
Horrible music BTW no gameplay what so ever not good. Optional online is a good thing though. Liveservice not good and a dealbreaker.
I don't quite understand why alot of people here are upset with Suicide Squad when all Rocksteady showed was a CGI Trailer.
Alot of people seem to have a problem with the game having Co-op Multiplayer , but rocksteady clearly said if you wanted to play the game singleplayer you can , and have the option to which between 4 different players at anytime .
The game does not release for another 2 years so the backlash seems unwarranted even when we don't even know what the game looks like yet .
We never asked for this crap
Too early to tell. Concept looks solid, I don’t like games as a service in a type of game that might work better as a solid narrative but waaaay too early for me to get the pitchfork out. I can do that for Avengers.
Two things that I liked in this trailer. That big skull thing above the city looked like a Metal Devil from Horizon Zero Dawn and the talking shark fella sounded like Wrex from Mass Effect.
How can it be in the Arkham series, when Harley Quinn looks totally different. Oh well, that's the standards these days.
Apparently it's a third person shooter guys
@ArcadeHeroes I'm not really upset, quite frankly we've seen a slick GGI trailer that hints at... well... not very much. Quite frankly to me the Suicide Squad (non-)reveal was a bit meh. Told me nothing to get excited about, nor anything to make me angry. I do however wish publishers and studios would stop the neverending BS trailers. Ubishaft are notorious for it, and so too are WB Games. Wait until you've got something concrete to show.
"Genre-defining" is an instant red flag.
Im not talking about this game per se but these days game developers are in the businesses of making money, not games, its pretty disheartening : (
In only 2 words "can't wait" "super excited"
Trailer did nothing for me, quite annoying actually.
@ApostateMage Hi there friend. You certainly have good taste in games, since those are the images that poped in your head.
That big skull thing above the city is actually Brainiac´s mother ship, wich means, he is probably the one controlling the justice league menbers and King Shark is pretty much Wrex as a shark. Also a bit of Drax as well.
Cheers, stay safe and happy gaming to us all
Maybe we can save the Justice League......... not kill them .-.
@RaZieLDaNtE I did wonder if that was a Brainiac ship, as the “goons” the SS were definitely not the Justice League.
If Brainiac is controlling the JL, it would explain why Superman looks a bit “angry” ...
@michaelf Hi there friend. Yeah, that´s how i think the setting is going to be like. Although, it almost feels like a follow up to Injustice 2 storyline if Brainiac had won against them.
Maybe that´s where Rocsteady got their inspiration for their game.
Man, Superman fans can´t seem to catch a break huh, always seeing their favourite superhero becoming a villan.
Cheers, stay safe and have a good one
@get2sammyb Yeah what's that about? They've been silent for almost the entirety if this current generation. How are they not further along? Also pretty lame it was only a CGI trailer.
Therr is no excuse for not showing gameplay after 6 plus years of development! Nobody wants to see a cgi trailer!
@Kidfried I'm glad someone pointed this out. If folks don't like rap that's cool but to call Outkast generic? Sigh.
Immensely disappointing to see they are drawing so heavily on the Ayer aesthetic. But i still have high hopes.
I said I'm done with preorders but this might be an exception unless they show me something that really scares me off, which is entirely possible these days.
I'm all for honest opinions and debates.
But writing off this game for choosing a kick ass hip-hop song to play alongside a segment of the trailer and a game that is two years out not showing gameplay from the off?
My entitlement senses are tingling.
If you don't like CG trailers I get it. But when they're first showing their vision of the game through a good CG concept trailer due to the fact that being two years out is never normally where companies show the actual game up and running and you're using that as a diss? Come on now, it's childish.
I liked the trailer. And I'm cautiously excited to see what they can do with this game.
As somebody who likes Batman and has read some Batman comics but basically only really likes movie Batman and video game Batman and '60s Adam West Batman, I am absolutely bamboozled by what I'm seeing here and I have zero interest in it.
Captain Boomering. What the hell. Can we not just be Batman?
@DonJorginho If you wait ages and this what you get what do you expect from people we got nothing.
@Flaming_Kaiser that's people's faults for overhyping things in their minds, games take time especially when it's clear they're trying something new.
You'll get something more by the end of the year I bet if not early next year.
play with bots oh boy☹️ I really thought they were making some cool Single Player Superman game disappointed.
@Nickolaidas is it gameplay? No, it's a cinematic, so I'm not excited for something that you see and don't play. Just that...
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