Batman fans should be very familiar with writer Paul Dini, who wrote for the iconic “Batman: The Animated Series” from 1992 to 1995, contributed to “Batman Beyond” and wrote a number of Batman-related comics for DC Comics. However, one of his most notable recent efforts came from a collaboration with Rocksteady Games on “Batman: Arkham Asylum” in 2009 and last year’s “Batman: Arkham City” video games. Both were hits with critics and fans, selling millions of copies, but it looks like Dini won’t be back for a return engagement with Rocksteady. The writer/producer recently stated on his blog page that he probably won’t be returning for a third “Batman” game, as much as fans want it.
Dini first confirmed that he was no longer working on the game via Twitter. When a fan asked “Are you working on another Arkham game?” Dini simply responded, “No.” By way of further elaboration, Dini posted an entry on his personal blog, King of Breakfast, detailing why not returning to the game franchise was a business decision.
“The last talk I had with Warner Interactive about future games was while I was doing promotion for ‘Arkham City’ last September,” Dini said in his blog post. “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 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.”
Despite his decision not to return to work on a possible third Arkham game, Dini was grateful for the experience. “It was fun working with Warner and Rocksteady on the first two ‘Arkham’ games and I am grateful to them both for a tremendous experience,” he said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is working hard on another DC-licensed effort, “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a fighting game produced by Netherrealm Studios due for release in 2013.
“Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City” are currently available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.