Monday, February 12, 2024
Developer Rocksteady Studios is having to create a new Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League leaderboard, due to a bug connected to the Burn status effect. The effect is meant to scale across the game's Mastery Levels (unlocked upon completing the story and its first few endgame objectives), but the bug caused it to scale incorrectly.
The bug came to light as Rocksteady saw that some of its “more dedicated players” managed to reach Mastery Levels beyond its “wildest expectations”. It turns out that with the increase in Mastery Level, the damage dealt by the Burn effect increased alongside it, "which basically meant that if you used a Burn build, every Mastery Level had the same difficulty,” according to Rocksteady.
“Our most dedicated players had now reached a Mastery Level far beyond what the game was balanced for at launch due to this bug, and weren't getting the challenge or variety we wanted our End Game to provide,” Rocksteady notes in a Discord post (via IGN). “We had to ask ourselves, what can we do to fix this, and more importantly, should we fix it at all?”
While the studio acknowledges that the Burn build is a “powerful and fun build” to play with, the fact that players were using it as the only viable endgame build meant it had to be patched out. The Burn bug will be fixed, ensuring that damage scales properly in accordance with the Mastery Level, as intended.
A side effect of the bug fix is that a new leaderboard will implemented. “Since this change will be pretty fundamental to the leaderboards and your continued progression on them, we are committed to creating a new leaderboard for you all, so you can continue to explore the different builds in the game,” Rocksteady explained.
“All the entries on the current leaderboard will exist in perpetuity and will be a permanent record of all your achievements. We want to applaud you all for both your dedication on getting this high in the Mastery Levels (and also breaking the game). Kudos!”
Mastery Level combat is also set to be capped at level 50, as Rocksteady observed that enemy health becomes far too high, making “the climb too steep past Mastery Level 50”. It added: “For that reason, we're adjusting our approach to Mastery Level balancing. Enemy health will now increase in a much less aggressive way, with the intent that more builds will crop up as viable options.”
The new leaderboard and patch will be rolling out for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League soon, while Rocksteady soon plans to reveal more about the upcoming Season 1 and new playable character Elseworlds Joker, ahead of its launch in March.
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