Warner Bros’ supervillain team-up feature Suicide Squad is set to arrive in theaters under a cloud of curiosity and expectations. The David Ayer film was originally positioned as a nasty, rollicking “dessert” offering for the summer 2016 superhero slate, on the DC side of things.
However, following the reception for this past spring’s DC Extended Universe entry Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, many fans and industry watchers now see Suicide Squad as an unlikely savior; a chance for the DCEU to earn a more universally positive response. Now, as part of the run-up to the film’s theatrical release, WB has unveiled a tie-in mobile game titled Suicide Squad: Special Ops.
While some might have expected a brawler or team-management co-op experience to be the game genre favored by an ensemble feature like Suicide Squad, Special Ops takes the form of a first-person actioner with players taking up arms as members of the Squad versus the (as-yet unidentified) villains of the film. While utilizing the recognizable new character-designs of the iconic DC Comics villains seen in the film, the game employs a semi-cel-shaded art style reminiscent of No More Heroes and Street Fighter IV that also mirrors the film’s grafitti-inspired posters.
In what will no doubt come as a disappointment to some fans looking to take control of their favorite Squad member, only Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Diablo are available as player characters – with no indication made as to whether or not other characters will be available at a later date. While it comes as no surprise that Quinn and Deadshot would be prominently featured (Margot Robbie and Will Smith being easily the biggest name stars in the film) there will likely be many fans angling to play as other members in some form.
From Warner Bros.’ official press-release:
In this official Suicide Squad film game, you have been selected to lead a special task force comprised of highly dangerous incarcerated Super Villains. It is up to you and your Squad of antiheroes to defeat the horde of enemies that try to stop you. Fight as Harley Quinn with her signature baseball bat, or as Deadshot with his rifle or as Diablo with fire.
Can you complete the mission?
Are you Squad enough?
– First person shooter action optimized for mobile play.
– Survive as long as you can against increasingly challenging enemies.
– Master Harley’s, Deadshot’s and Diablo’s weapons and special abilities.
– Explore the city to locate health packs, ammo and upgrades in order to survive against your enemies.
– Compete against other players in a daily, weekly and all-time leader board.
– Record HD footage while playing and share it on social media.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.
Source: Warner Bros