Monday, August 6, 2012
Dini Confirms Not Coming Back for 'Arkham 3' Video Game
Between his twitter account and his personal blog in Livejournal called King of Breakfast, Paul Dini has confirmed that he will NOT be writing the third video game in the Arkham Asylum/City franchise. The following is taken straight from his blog:
So here's what's what with the Batman games as far as they relate to me:
The last talk I had with Warner Interactive about future games was while I was doing promotion for Arkham City last September. Naturally as there was such a rush of interest about Arkham City, everyone was asking me about a third game, and frankly, I had been wondering about that myself. When I asked about the possibility of working on a third game I was told that as Rocksteady had just finished wrapping the second one, it would be a while before everyone was ready to sit down and discuss future plans. That said, it was intimated that for future games, Warner and Rocksteady might not be looking as much to freelance writers, the message being, that if I had something else interesting coming my way, I might want to take it.
When I later read their subsequent announcements about the Harley Quinn's Revenge game expansion and the rumored Arkham prequel/JLA game, I figured they had filled their writer needs. I had long before taken WI's advice and booked my schedule with a number of other projects, leaving me unavailable to take on anything new until 2013. It was fun working with Warners and Rocksteady on the first two Arkham games and I am grateful to them both for a tremendous experience. Rocksteady has a great crew of artists and storytellers, and it was exciting and enlightening for me to be part of that team. If we wind up working together again at some point, that would be cool, too.
With that said, Rocksteady will be working on the third part with out Dini. Arkham Asylum and Arkham City have both garnished plenty of awards, including Game of the Year. Both those games are available for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.