WB Games show at E3 next week might disappoint you if you were hoping to see a few specific games at their presentation. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. told TechRadar that the only game the publisher is expected to present at its event is Back 4 Blood, the coop zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios. That means Gotham Knights, Hogwarts Legacy, and Suicide Squad won’t be at their event.
This information was corroborated by the Twitter account for Summer Game Fest, the event organized by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley that is taking up a prominent place within E3 season. It seems strange for these highly anticipated games — least of all those featuring world famous IPs — to make space for an unproven property from Turtle Rock.
While there could be an argument to be made about trying to make space for an extensive presentation for one game — especially a marquee studio or a beloved IP — that’s not the case here, and it leaves Suicide Squad and Hogwarts Legacy shrouded in mystery for another year. In the case of Gotham Knights there might not be much to show after a gameplay demonstration at last year’s DC Fandome.
VG247’s Dom Peppiatt hypothesizes that the reluctance to share information could have something to do with the recent merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery, Inc. During such mergers, there’s usually a shuffling of deck chairs and positions that can leave plans for well known properties up in the air until things settle.
That being said, it’s important to remember that E3 is a very big event, so some of these games might — and that’s a strong might — make an appearance elsewhere. Who knows if PlayStation wants to unveil Gotham Knights on their stream, or if Microsoft wants controversial J.K. Rowling to call in and tell everyone they’re breathtaking? Well, probably not.
In any case, I’m still genuinely interested in seeing more information on Back 4 Blood, which is slated for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and also on PlayStation consoles. Maybe a full half hour of information and gameplay footage at the WB Games show can convince me on it. It can never replace the Evolve shaped hole in my heart though.