A senior UK retail source has told CVG that Warner is planning to hold back Batman Arkham Asylum 2's release date until 2011.
The news will come as a blow to fans of the BAFTA-winning original Arkham Asylum, with many gamers anticipating a pre-Christmas release.
The first title was hugely popular - and spawned a 3D Game Of The Year edition, which was released last month.
Since then, Warner Bros has bought a controlling stake in developer Rocksteady - and will publish the sequel.
"We've been told that Warner has acted early to avoid releasing the game into a heavily congested pre-Christmas market," our source told CVG. "It wants to dominate the first quarter of 2011 instead, when it can get maximum retail space and mindshare amongst gamers."
When we enquired about the decision, a Warner rep told CVG: "We haven't announced a release date for the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum yet."
So not a confirmation, but not a denial either. We expect more at E3.
One thing we can be very certain of, however, is that all-new DLC set to be created for Batman at Rocksteady - revealed by job ads yesterday.