Suicide Squad: Kill Justice League’s seven-month hiatus ends with a new demo, but fans are still upset

After seven months of radio silence and intense backlash, Rocksteady finally felt ready to step back into the spotlight with a new Suicide Squad: KIll The Justice League showcase. However, this new gameplay presentation hasn’t quite gone down as well as they might have hoped.

Rocksteady’s trilogy of Batman games cemented the studio as one of the best in the superhero genre. From Arkham Asylum in 2009 to Arkham Knight in 2015, the British development team has enjoyed unprecedented success.

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From that point on, however, this dynamic came to an abrupt end. Eight years without the release of a full game under our belt, many are already eagerly waiting for the next step. But with the release of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and the many live service elements that came with it, that anticipation quickly turned to disappointment.

The project was originally scheduled to be released in early 2022, but there have been several delays since then on the way to its new launch target of February 2, 2024. Rocksteady was last radio silent in 2023 following a massive wave of backlash to its previous low-diving.

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Finally brought back into the spotlight in hopes of winning over potential players, a new gameplay showcase on November 15th may have just reminded these players why they were critical in the first place.

Although the Suicide Squad game still shares many of the same characteristics of Rocksteady’s previous works, being a “story-driven game” with an emphasis on action-packed third-person combat, many of the surrounding features players aren’t particularly excited about.

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Claiming: “This will be the biggest crash by a renowned studio in a long time” some Twitter users I believe that moving to a live service model with built-in microtransactions from day one could spell failure not just for the game, but for Rocksteady as a whole.

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“I don’t know what to think of what I just saw [you] took one [seven-month] Break,” said another on social media. “I don’t want to be negative, but this just looks… mediocre in every way.” Another gamer replied.

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“Cool, so they basically didn’t change anything and didn’t take the criticism to heart,” one Redditor chimed in.

Suicide Squad deviates from the traditional single-player structure and features four playable characters specifically designed for cooperative play. Additionally, with replayable missions and a consistent loot system, players will have to upgrade the villain squad with increasingly powerful weapons along the way.

“Whoever decided to make it a live service game is just rolling the dice,” said one fan on YouTube after watching the 20-minute breakdown.

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Despite years of delays and immense backlash online, Rocksteady appears to be sticking to its goal of providing a game-as-a-service that players hope will stick around for the long haul. With battle passes planned, new missions set to appear post-launch, and even the possibility of new playable characters in the future, it’s clearly a project the developers want to support in the coming years.

It is currently unclear whether this early criticism will be dispelled when it is published on February 2, 2024. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out early next year when the Suicide Squad attempts to kill the Justice League.

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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