The rumors are true. Rocksteady Studios has confirmed that it is working on a Suicide Squad game. The developer behind the Batman: Arkham series gave us our first glimpse of Suicide Squad at DC FanDome on August 22.
What is the Suicide Squad?
The Suicide Squad is a team of supervillains from DC Comics. There have been several iterations of them over the years, but they usually take the form of a task force employed by the government, under the leadership of Amanda Waller, to perform operations that were considered to be suicide runs or secret missions that the government otherwise wanted off the record. These were done in exchange for reduced sentences and parole, and members were implanted or fitted with bombs to ensure obedience.
Notable members of the Suicide Squad over the years have included Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag Jr., King Shark, Deathstroke, Black Manta, Duela Dent (Joker's Daughter), Enchantress... well, there's a lot.
In Rocksteady's version, the squad will be comprised of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Boomerang.
Suicide Squad What's the gameplay like?
Judging from Rocksteady's previous work with the Batman: Arkham series, you can likely expect brutal melee combat. We've heard that it is a loot-based game similar in style to Marvel's Avengers, but this is unconfirmed. It will feature 4-player co-op but you can play the game entirely in single-player. In this case, the rest of the spots will be filled with AI. Players will be able to switch between characters at any moment during gameplay.
Suicide Squad What's the story?
You can probably guess what we'll be doing by its title. The Suicide Squad looks to be on a mission to kill the Justice League. Partciularly, we saw the group hunting Superman under the apparent control of Braniac.
For anyone who isn't familiar with the Justice League, they're a team of superheroes that protect the earth. Founding members include Batman, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Over the years members like Green Arrow, Hawkman, Black Canary, Zatanna, Cyborg, Blue Beetle, and many more would join.
Other than that, we have very little to go on. Rocksteady will likely create an original story for its game that takes inspiration from some of the franchise's most beloved comics. DC Comics ran a series called Justice League vs. Suicide Squad from 2016, which follows the League's discovery of the secret Suicide Squad and their effort to take them down as they see them as a threat to society.
Rocksteady has confirmed that Suicide Squad takes place in its Arkham universe, so you may see some references and crossovers between previous storylines.
Suicide Squad Do I need to watch the movie to play the game?
Absolutely not. If you value your time and money at all, do not watch the Suicide Squad movie from 2016. I don't care that it won an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It's awful. Go watch the Birds of Prey movie with Harley Quinn instead. You don't need to in order to understand the game, it's just a good movie.
Suicide Squad Is it coming to Xbox Series X, PC, and PS5?
Suicide Squad When does it release?
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will hit Xbox Series X, PC, or PS5 in 2022. This is the year after Warner Bros. Montreal plans to release its next Batman game, Gotham Knights.