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Rocksteady was forced to temporarily take their servers offline within an hour of the Early Access release of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League after players started experiencing a bug that automatically completed their game on first login.

Rocksteady Halts Suicide Squad 1 Hour After Early Access Launch Due To A Devastating Problem

Although Rocksteady has scheduled the release of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League for February 2, players who purchased the Deluxe Edition will get 3 days early access. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League first went live in New Zealand. However, many international players used a region trick on Xbox to get access to the game.

Within an hour after the game went live, Rocksteady was forced to take the servers offline to perform maintenance on them and notified players that the problem may last several hours. During the time, Rocksteady said they would look into the auto-game-completion bug.

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“We’re aware that a number of players are currently experiencing an issue whereby upon logging into the game for the first time, they have full story completion,” Rocksteady tweeted. “To resolve this issue, we will be performing maintenance on the game servers. During this time the game will be unavailable. We expect this to take several hours and will update once we have more information.”

Rocksteady Halts Suicide Squad 1 Hour After Early Access Launch Due To A Devastating Problem

The studio apologized for the downtime. The issue reignited the ongoing debate about online and offline games. Many of those who commented on the tweet mentioned that studios should learn to prioritize offline modes over online modes.

“This is why games have offline modes, how many times do these companies have to learn the same lesson?” commented @SynthPotato, the managing partner and director of X content at Game Pass Tracker.

Rocksteady has identified the bug with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

About 5 hours after Rocksteady officially acknowledged the auto-complete-game bug, they said they had discovered the cause of the problem and were working to resolve it.

“We have identified the problem that was affecting player profiles and are currently testing a fix,” the studio announced in a fresh tweet. “We hope to implement it and have the game back online as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.”

Rocksteady Halts Suicide Squad 1 Hour After Early Access Launch Due To A Devastating Problem

This post was written 13 hours after the last tweet and Rocksteady had not resolved the issue yet. Since part of the perk for paying the higher $100 for the Deluxe edition was to get 72 hours of early access, some were of the opinion that part of the price for the Deluxe edition should be refunded.

“I think you should refund a part of the deluxe price, because it’s not 72h of early access anymore,” commented YouTuber @vykker117.

Many of the comments in response to @vykker117’s view reminded the YouTuber why it was important to read the fine print.

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“When you buy the deluxe version it says in the fine print that the early access time is subject to change,” wrote @ApollyonOfWorld. “So, I doubt anyone’s going to get money back.”

It appears the problem has been localized to New Zealand players. At the time of writing this post, we could not identify any complaints about the problem from any other region.

This is yet another blow to Rocksteady and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. After multiple delays, the game eventually got the February 2, 2024, release date for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game has been widely criticized for its plot, mechanics, and for being a live service game.

Over the weekend, Rocksteady was accused of hiding something when they declined to give IGN a review code for the game. How Rocksteady handles the server auto-game-complete bug will be strongly scrutinized, especially by those who already dislike the game for killing their favorite heroes.

Emecheta Christian

Emecheta Christian is an avid gamer with over 5 years in the industry. He is also a poet. It is therefore not surprising that his post sometimes read like poetry.


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