Suicide Squad is finally coming to PC and console gaming. Developer Rocksteady announced the title on Friday morning through a Twitter post. As those involved in the industry were quick to point out, the confirmation came after years of speculation that there was at least one company out there working on porting Suicide Squad to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The tweet showed a picture of well-known hero Superman with a target pasted on the back of his head. The post also included a date, August 22, but no further details as to just what the date means.
Ethan Gach of Kotaku reported that August 22 is when developers will give more information about the Suicide Squad game. It’s not clear whether this will be an official reveal complete with a gameplay trailer, or just more info on when fans can expect a full reveal.
The writer pointed out that the teaser came after more than five years of industry analysts believing there was a chance the antihero group could be coming to gaming. It has been five years since Rocksteady’s last DC Universe title, Batman: Arkham Knight, was released.
Since the 2013 release of Batman: Arkham Origins, a Suicide Squad game has been considered a possibility. Arkham Origins featured a post-credits scene in which Deathstroke is asked by Amanda Waller to join the Suicide Squad.
— Rocksteady Studios (@RocksteadyGames) August 7, 2020
Gach said that people around Rocksteady have long thought the studio was working on some kind of superhero game. It was thought for some time that Superman would actually be the focus of the new title, perhaps because of some teaser images including the Man of Steel.
Gach said the picture released today seems to indicate the iconic hero will be in the story but will be a non-playable enemy. The writer speculated that Suicide Squad will be played from the point of view of the criminals who take on other villains in order to try and receive favors from the federal government.
Rumors about Suicide Squad coming to console gaming ramped up last month when Eurogamer dug out a number of domains seemingly dedicated to the antiheroes. The site found SuicideSquadGame.com and GothamKnightsGame.com.
Gotham Knights is reportedly another project being worked on by Warner Bros. Montreal, the same team that worked on Origins.
It’s expected that at least some information about Suicide Squad, including whether it will launch on the Xbox One and PS4 or the Xbox Series X and PS5, will be revealed at the DC FanDome event later this month.