“Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” Requires Constant Online Connection, Even in Single-Player Mode

During Sony’s State of Play presentation on Thursday, Rocksteady Studios revealed the first gameplay footage of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, a co-op looter-shooter set in the Batman: Arkham universe. Despite the high anticipation among fans eager to play the game, they may be disappointed to learn that an internet connection will be necessary, even when playing solo.

Following the gameplay reveal, an FAQ was published on the game’s website, stating that an internet connection is necessary to play Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League either solo or via online co-op. The FAQ further clarified that local co-op will not be available, which ultimately means that the game cannot be played offline in any form.

The FAQ does not provide a reason for the requirement of an internet connection, but it is likely due to the cross-platform co-op system of the game that enables players to join and leave missions with others on PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X. Additionally, the game’s always-online setup is necessary since Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a live-service game, featuring a “gear score” similar to Power in Destiny and a battle pass offering customizable items for characters. The FAQ assures players that all microtransactions will be optional and limited to cosmetic items only, meaning they will not impact gameplay.

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Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is the latest addition to a growing list of games that require a persistent online connection to play, including Gotham Knights, Monster Hunter Rise, Marvel’s Avengers, and the upcoming action horror co-op shooter Redfall by Arkane Austin. The FAQ for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League states that while online co-op play requires a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, console players can play solo without one.

Playing as DC Comics antiheroes Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark, players must fight against the Brainiac mind-controlled members of the Justice League to save Metropolis and the world in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. This game marks the first entry in the Batman: Arkham series since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight. Rocksteady confirmed Batman’s appearance in the game in December, which will also serve as the last performance of the late Kevin Conroy as the voice of the Caped Crusader.

May 26 will mark the release of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League on PS5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.

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