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Wonder Woman won’t be live service, WB Games emphasizes

Publisher responds to reports
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There has been a lot of back and forth around the Wonder Woman game developed by Monolith in recent days, which caused enough confusion to force publisher WB Games to come out and make a statement, confirming towards IGN that the title was “a single-player action-adventure game set in a dynamic open world” and was “not being designed as a live service.”

What prompted this official reaction was a report about a job listing at Monolith, which seemingly indicated that Wonder Woman would have live-service elements. Said job description is certainly ambiguous enough to be read that way, but could also just mean that the developer is looking for someone to help with post-launch support in terms of regular patches or even free content.

Wonder Woman trailer screenshot.

WB Games insists that Wonder Woman won't feature live-service aspects.

One can’t really blame that the original report’s interpretation of the sentence was what it was – after all, Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav explicitly called for a focus on live-service games to enhance the games division’s profits further.

“Our focus is on transforming our biggest franchises from largely console and PC based with three-four year release schedules to include more always on gameplay through live services, multiplatform and free-to-play extensions with the goal to have more players spending more time on more platforms. Ultimately we want to drive engagement and monetization of longer cycles and at higher levels,” he said in the company’s latest earnings call.

In this context, it was quite easy to jump to the conclusion that Wonder Woman would feature live-service elements. What’s 100% confirmed is that the game will use Monolith’s much praised Nemesis system from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which greatly enhances the interactions with enemy NPCs.

WB Games’ upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has already been in hot water ahead of its release due to its live-service aspect, among a lot of other things.

Suicide Squad and Wonder Women are currently the only DC superhero games in development, at least as far as announced projects go.