Batman: Arkham City Writer, Paul Dini, Is All Tied Up Until 2013

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Last week, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City writer, Paul Dini, revealed via Twitter that he isn’t working on any more Batman: Arkham games or content at present.


When asked if he was instead working on what is rumoured to be a Silver Age Batman game, Dini replied that he had no knowledge of the project, and that he had only heard rumours about it alongside the rest of the world.


On his personal blog, Dini elaborates on the situation a little further.


“The last talk I had with Warner Interactive about future games was while I was doing promotion for Arkham City last September,” Dini writes. “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.”


Dini then reveals that he didn’t write Batman: Arkham City’s post-game “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” expansion either.


“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,” he shares. “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.”


Dini says in closing: “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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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.