Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Asylum/City Writer Paul Dini Won't Be Back For the Sequel
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Having penned the masterful Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, writer Paul Dini has announced that he won't be working with Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Games on a third instalment, explaining exactly why he won't be returning in a blog post.

The reason for Dini's absence from the rumoured third Rocksteady Batman title has something to do with a scheduling conflict, which saw the writer booking future work after he thought that Rocksteady and Warner "had filled their writer needs".

"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," writes Dini. "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."

Dini went on to explain that his schedule leaves him unavailable to write the rumoured Silver Age Arkham prequel Batman game featuring the Justice League of America (JLA) that Rocksteady may or may not have in the pipeline: "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," Dini continued.

"I had long before taken WI's (Warner Interactive) 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."

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Comment #2 by GeekSven
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:16:35 AM
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I am a great fan of both games, and I truely love the dark setting. Returning to the Silver Age of Batman will feature an entirely different setting and story, voice-actors and writers... If they DO make that prequel, I just hope they don't do it to milk the franchise.

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Comment #3 by Dirty130
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:18:19 AM
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I really think the third game could be the best. I'm really looking forward to it's setting.

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Comment #4 by Ant695
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:24:07 AM
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The point of the silver age game is to build hype for the justice league movie that WB is planning.

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Comment #5 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:25:43 AM
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If they do do a sequel then I hope they do it in an origin style, showing how he became Batman, and his first super villain encounter, and don't just turn back the clock so they can get another Joker game.

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Comment #6 by iBuzz7S
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:27:58 AM
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Rocksteady did such a great job with Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. First time out, people were sceptical and the second time around, no one had a doubt in their mind.

As long as they can maintain the formula which went into the first 2 games, missing a writer isn't exactly maintaining the formula, but with support from other developers, they can make a third and highly successful Batman game.

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Comment #7 by ash356
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:28:47 AM
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I was half-expecting it to be because he didn't like the direction Joel Schumacher was taking the the franchise :')
It's a shame he won't be around for the sequel... from what I've heard, he penned a superb story for the games, but here's hoping #3 is just as good :P

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Comment #8 by FeyenoordMike
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:30:48 AM
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I hope they just make a true sequrl instead of a prequel. Maybe make the game takr place in a larger part of Gothan City. There are so many villains in the batman lore that they haven't used yet so I'd much rather see them make a true sequel than to make a gam to build hype for their movie

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Comment #9 by ICGMU12321
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:37:25 AM
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I wouldn't mind a 60's style batman or a continuation of how the series is already going. I'd also like to see a Batman Beyond game done right. Either way, more Batman if not milked dry is always good.

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Comment #10 by TacticalTodger
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:40:45 AM
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Rocksteady are great developers and I have faith in them with or without Paul's help.

Offtopic here, but I wish Rocksteady would do another Superhero game I'm in need of a decent Spiderman or X-men Game.

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Comment #11 by Connall13
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:54:15 AM
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i loved the last 2 batman games, but in my oppinion involving the justave legue will spoil it, dont think i will be getting the 3rd game,8(

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Comment #12 by DOPE BOI
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 06:56:00 AM
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A more vicious and adult Wolverine game should be given to Rocksteady.

I want more Batman because there are tons of great chacters good and bad but I want it to receive A1 care and treatment. NO MILKING.

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Comment #13 by Mittens2317
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 07:04:33 AM
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Wow, you guys are slow on the uptake.

Anyway, if they do go the Silver Age route, I hope to fuck they get Grant Morrison on board, his take on the Silver Age was flawless.

Then again, I can't see WBI being that smart.

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Comment #14 by Jake Joey
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 07:42:47 AM
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Arkham city's story line was poor so this is good news for me

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Comment #15 by FuzzMan3000
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 07:45:11 AM
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Spoilers, don't read my post if you haven't completed Arkham City.

So they've decided to have a big twist ending and kill off the Joker, for them to turn round and say that they are doing a prequel and you can bet that it's going to include the Joker. It seems a bit pointless for the, to have done that if we aren't even going to see what happens after it yet?

Losing Paul Dini is a bad move and if they do end up with the Joker again, hasn't Mark Hamill already opted out? Seems like a bad idea on Rocksteadys part.

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Comment #16 by KnifeLife
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 07:59:38 AM
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Im not to sure about a prequel or having JLA in a new game, i'm really enjoying the batman games with just him, i mean having robin and catwoman was a nice little bonus but they didn't over do it. i think if they should do anything is set it in Gotham and have access to his vehicles.

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Comment #17 by E10phoenix
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 08:15:36 AM
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After the ending of Arkham City, a prequel would defeat the surprise they layed out for us at the end. As long as they don't turn this into a franchise with yearly releases, a prequel might be good.

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Comment #19 by MC Something
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 09:13:45 AM
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Ever since Arkham Asylum came out, I've been hoping for Rocksteady to do a Punisher game. I think they'd do him the justice he deserves. Especially if they got Garth Ennis to write it.

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Comment #20 by Qofi
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 09:50:06 AM
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@9: Yeah, '60s Batman was best Batman.

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Comment #21 by Juggalo151
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 09:57:09 AM
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i was hoping they were doing a Arkham City because of all the allusion to Villians going to or being in Gotham

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Comment #22 by Jack Frost
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 10:54:52 AM
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I still like how LEGO Batman 2 had a news announcer say that walling off a section of Gotham to make a prison was a stupid idea.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought that... :D

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Comment #23 by ERIKDOTCOM
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 11:34:16 AM
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Aw, sad day.

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Comment #24 by Jor-El
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 11:40:27 AM
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Paul Dini is a great writer. Here's hoping Rocksteady & WB can get him back on board.

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Comment #25 by Sigmund666
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 01:21:52 PM
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A bummer to say the least. One of the main reasons the legendary Animated Series was that great, was Paul Dini and his writing talent.

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Comment #26 by SydLosttarot
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 05:28:21 PM
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I think Rocksteady is DC exclusive, so I wouldn't expect any X-Men, Spiderman, Wolverine or Punisher. Marvel doesn't have a dedicated developer and I might be wrong about Rocksteady/DC. Swear I read that somewhere. Think it was an IGN article.

They could tackle Vertigo titles too though, and I'd love to see a Hellblazer game. I'm not sure if the world is ready for a Grant Morrison penned video game. He'd either be very reverential and accessible, or he'd bring his (awesome) bat**** crazy sensibilities to it. Anyone who's read him extensively knows what I mean about the two extremes. I'm personally up for either, and it'd likely be the former given it's 60s Batman. He might be too busy though with that dinosaur movie.

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Comment #27 by Dragon14785
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 05:57:41 PM
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Am I the only one that hopes for a fully exploreable Gotham City complete with Batmobile and occasional JLA cameos?

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Comment #28 by LovableCrazee
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 08:19:39 PM
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That awesome of a job and he didn't think to ask them when theyll call? Negotiating 101 buddy. He should have been asking for a raise.

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Comment #29 by Nitnoid
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 02:51:05 AM
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That's really too bad. They have the gameplay down pat, no need to improve, so the only thing left is story. Such a shame...

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