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Rocksteady Studios emphasised that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will probably be a story-driven motion journey in its newest deep-dive reveal, however its post-launch plans appear to nonetheless fall very squarely into the live-service mould. The studio offered extra element on the sport’s seasonal updates and battle passes at present, together with that gamers gained’t must spend cash to amass new characters.
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Regardless of current within the Batman: Arkham Knight universe, Suicide Squad comes with all the trendy multiplayer options, boondogles, and annoyances. A press launch accompanying at present’s announcement is virtually a guidelines of each means main publishers are making an attempt to recoup the prices of huge finances blockbusters with out frequently elevating the worth of their video games.
For instance, whereas Suicide Squad technically comes out on February 2, gamers who purchase the $100 Deluxe Version will get to entry to it three days early. That costlier model may even include one token for a “premium battle cross” in addition to some further gadgets and outfits. Rocksteady additionally makes clear, nonetheless, that gamers who purchase the common model of the sport will nonetheless get entry to post-launch content material “at no further price.”
“Publish-launch seasonal updates and earnable characters to broaden the story with new missions, gadgets, and extra, out there at no further price,” the studio writes. That features, “entry to all free seasonal battle cross tiers (as every turns into out there).” It sounds just like the always-online recreation gained’t be locking gamers out of recent story content material and missions, simply probably charging for sure particular seasonal rewards. After all, the proof will at all times be within the closing recreation. Extra characters could be “free” however nonetheless require an unreasonable quantity of in-game grinding to unlock.
Hopefully, Suicide Squad can get the steadiness proper the place different video games like Marvel’s Avengers haven’t. The final time Rocksteady revealed new gameplay footage again in February, followers had been largely repulsed by gear scores and different signifiers of live-service padding and monetization. The sport subsequently went darkish and acquired delayed for nearly a yr to work on including extra polish. It might be a pleasant shock if all of that stuff ended up feeling principally separate and simple to disregard within the completed recreation. We’ll discover out quickly sufficient.