The ESA has canceled E3 2020 due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak, and in the coming days and weeks we'll surely see many platform holders and publishers announce alternative plans for events that were slated for the expo. According to a new report, Warner Bros. Games had big, secretive E3 plans to reveal a new Batman game, an expansive Harry Potter RPG title, and the next game from Rocksteady.
Kotaku's Jason Schreier reports that Warner Bros. Games was going to have its first-ever E3 press conference this year, and that it is now unclear whether the publisher will host a digital event in its place or pursue some other option. Warner Bros. did not respond to a request for comment regarding the cancellation of E3 by time of publication.
An E3 press conference would have certainly made sense as a showcase for the aforementioned titles. In the case of a Batman title, WB Montréal has been dropping hints for over a year that it is working on a follow-up to its 2013 title Batman: Arkham Origins. Many had hoped that the title would be revealed at The Game Awards 2019, but it ended up being one of the night's notable absences. The latest entry in the Arkham series, Rocksteady's Arkham Knight, was released back in 2015.
The Harry Potter game in question, Schreier says, is the same project that had footage leaked back in October 2018. Our sister site Eurogamer reported that the RPG title is in development at Avalanche Software, makers of Disney Infinity.
As for Rocksteady's next title, we still know very little about it beyond the fact that while it may be related to DC Comics, it isn't a Superman title.
So far, Microsoft has announced that it will host "an Xbox digital event" in place of its E3 2020 press conference plans, and Ubisoft has said that it is exploring options for a digital experience of its own. We will update this article if Warner Bros. Games releases a statement or responds to our request for comment.