Batman, Harry Potter, and Rocksteady games were going to be at E3 claims insider

Warner Bros. was apparently planning to have its first E3 press conference this year, as Phil Spencer reacts to E3 2020’s cancellation.

The fallout from the cancellation of E3 has already begun, with Kotaku journalist Jason Schreier revealing that Warner Bros. was planning to host their own pre-E3 event this year.

Warner has been extremely quiet for the last few years but there have been ongoing rumours of a new Batman game; a Harry Potter role-playing game; and some kind of multiplayer, DC Comics related title from Batman: Arkham creators Rocksteady Games.

There are enough leaks to suggest all three game are real but it’s now unclear when we’ll find out about them publicly. The best guess is some kind of Nintendo Direct style livestream at roughly the same time as E3 would’ve been (i.e. early June) but games companies also only found out about E3 today, so will have had no time to organise anything else yet.

Other publishers, such as Ubisoft, have spoken up to support the cancellation, as the only sensible decision in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ubisoft has always been a strong supporter of E3 and along with Bethesda and Square Enix were also expected to host their own pre-E3 press events.

That’s something that will become impossible if E3 does not return and creates particular problems for indie studios who have already had to endure GDC (Games Developers Conference) being cancelled this year.

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