According to reports, the release of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the upcoming co-op shooter game from Rocksteady, has been delayed from its originally planned May release. The game, which features popular DC villains such as Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, is based on a long-running comic book series where government agent Amanda Waller recruits villains for dangerous missions.
The negative reaction to last month’s gameplay footage has led to the delay, and fans will now have to wait until later this year to get their hands on the game. Unlike last year’s DC co-op game, Gotham Knights, Suicide Squad is connected to the Arkham games and has been highly anticipated by fans.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, Suicide Squad’s release date has been delayed from May to an unspecified later date this year. While the report does not directly link the delay to the negative feedback received following last month’s release of gameplay footage, it seems plausible that the development team is taking extra time to address the criticisms and improve the game without having to make significant changes. The report cites an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the matter.
According to Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier’s recent tweets, the delay of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is likely a result of efforts to polish the game rather than completely overhauling its core gameplay. It is unlikely that the live-service features, multiple currencies, or always-online requirement will be removed, as doing so would require a much longer and costlier delay.
Kotaku has reached out to WB Games for further comment on the delay. This is not the first delay for Rocksteady’s DC shooter; it was originally slated for release in 2022 but was pushed back to spring 2023. With the latest delay, it appears that the game will not make its intended release date.