Things aren’t looking good for Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. With the shadow of failed live-service superhero games looming over it, Suicide Squad needed an early victory to prove itself to fans and demonstrate that it’s not like the games that came before it.
Unfortunately, Suicide Squad KTJL is already experiencing one of the nastiest bugs we’ve seen in quite some time. The game is now available in early access in some regions for Deluxe Edition owners, but it’s unplayable for those people who spent $100 on it because Rocksteady has taken the servers down for maintenance.
Upon logging into the game for the first time, some players were met with immediate story completion. Most players ended up in the tutorial stages of the game as intended, but something must have slipped through the cracks from a pre-release build because a handful of players found themselves in Suicide Squad’s postgame right off the bat.
Rocksteady has acknowledged the issue and has taken Suicide Squad offline for multiple hours to implement a fix. Since Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League doesn’t have an offline mode and requires an internet connection to start, the game is unplayable for everyone on all platforms. Since the early access period is a paid bonus, Deluxe Edition owners are upset, to say the least.
Suicide Squad went live in New Zealand, the earliest region of release, at 3 AM PT/6 AM ET. The servers were taken down for maintenance by Rocksteady at 4 AM PT/7 AM ET. That makes Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’s first server outage just an hour after launch. It’s not a good look for a game that already has so many people looking down on it after mixed previews, and it’s unfortunate for Deluxe Edition owners who were looking forward to experiencing the next chapter of Rocksteady’s Arkhamverse early.
On the bright side, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is getting an offline mode sometime this year according to an FAQ from Rocksteady. And it’ll be getting some pretty cool free seasonal DLC. The main campaign will be playable without an internet connection once this update is released, so fans will have access to the core game no matter what. The post-launch seasonal content and updates will still require an internet connection, however, so getting access to characters like Joker will require you to connect to Rocksteady’s servers.