April 19, 2024

It hasn’t even been a month since its launch, however writer Warner Bros. Video games is upset in its live-service shooter Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. With barely 1,000 individuals enjoying the sport on Steam, the corporate has flat-out acknowledged that Suicide Squad utterly missed its purported expectations.

Chatting with shareholders throughout a February 23 earnings name, Warner Bros. Discovery chief monetary officer Gunnar Wiedenfels mentioned Rocksteady’s newest action-adventure sport. He didn’t present any gross sales figures for Suicide Squad, however Wiedenfels admitted the sport didn’t carry out in addition to the corporate had hoped for, notably when in comparison with Hogwarts Legacy’s meteoric success.

“We’re lapping the discharge of Hogwarts Legacy in February final 12 months, which noticed the biggest portion of its very constructive monetary affect within the first quarter,” Wiedenfels stated. “This 12 months, Suicide Squad, certainly one of our key online game releases in 2024, has fallen wanting our expectations since its launch earlier within the quarter, setting our video games enterprise up for a troublesome year-over-year comp in Q1.”

Rocksteady is a studio that made a reputation for itself with the beloved Arkham collection, a franchise so seminal to the trade that its fight mechanics impressed hit video games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Sleeping Canine. The Arkham video games are gritty, single-player affairs that function a dense Gotham price exploring. By comparability, Suicide Squad, a live-service sport that has extra in widespread with WB Video games Montréal’s Gotham Knights than Arkham Knight, looks like a hollowed-out repository for every day challenges and weekly occasions. It’s not horrible. It’s simply not nice both, and depends extra on fixed engagement than fulfilling gameplay. Kotaku’s personal Zack Zwiezen put it succinctly in his assessment:

In the long run, Suicide Squad is simply…okay. Fantastic. Not wonderful. Not a trainwreck. People wanting this sport to be a whole catastrophe shall be upset to find a very fantastic shooter that solely succumbs to live-service corruption on the finish. And for folk wanting one thing they’ll play for years, properly, I hope you want taking pictures purple crystals again and again.

Suicide Squad is a poster baby for the form of video games that stay between nice and terrible. Whereas that may be sufficient for some, I can’t think about the devs who labored arduous on Suicide Squad (or writer WB, who footed the invoice for the sport) wished all of it to finish with what quantities to a shrug emoji. But, right here we’re. At the least the shotguns are cool.

Kotaku has reached out to Warner Bros. for remark.

Perhaps the ship will get rotated and Suicide Squad will hit Warner Bros.’ benchmarks. In any case, the endgame plans sound promising and new playable characters—Joker and Mr. Freeze (possibly?)—will be part of the roster quickly. It’s by no means too late for a sport to get good. I simply want Suicide Squad was pleasing off the rip.


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