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As I'm sure you've heard by now, E3 2020 was cancelled yesterday (March 11th). Its organisers, the Entertainment Software Organisation (ESA), released a statement explaining that the LA expo would not be going ahead, amid fears that hosting the show would further the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Not long after the cancellation was made official, details of some of the games that were set to be revealed at E3 2020 started to emerge. According to a new report from Kotaku, Warner Bros. Games were preparing to host an E3 press conference for the first time, where it would have announced a number of AAA games.
Among them were the long-rumoured Batman game from (WB) Games Montréal, and the open-world Harry Potter game that we've been hearing whispers of for well over a year now. It seems we were also supposed to learn about whatever Rocksteady's long in-development post-Arkham Knight title is.
While it's disappointing that we won't be seeing these games revealed at E3, we'll obviously be learning about them at some point this year - presumably around the same early June period that E3 2020 was supposed to take place. Xbox has already assured fans it will be holding a digital event in lieu of the show, while Ubisoft is also currently "exploring" similar options.
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Meanwhile, the ESA itself has said it will be looking into creating an "online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020". Whether Warner Bros. Games collaborates with the ESA or chooses to do its own thing remains to be seen, but these announcements will undoubtedly be going ahead in the next few months.
Regardless, this news will be particularly frustrating for Batman fans, who have already had to endure months of vague teasers from WB and little else. Back in January, WB Games updated its website with a cryptic design that looks like it has space for multiple emblems or insignias that all relate to Batman or Gotham City.
If you head over to the site now, you'll see two emblems. One is (I think) supposed to be the Gotham City Police Department. The other I'm less certain about... but it looks a little like it would belong to the shady organisation known as The League of Shadows. The website hasn't been updated since the last time I wrote about it, and it looks like there are still at least eight empty slots to fill, so who knows what's going on there?
We'll hopefully learn more about WB's new plans soon. Clearly the publisher has some big stuff that it's finally ready to share, and I'm incredibly excited to see exactly what it has in store.
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