Arkham City Writer Paul Dini Explains Why He’s Not Involved with Rocksteady’s Future Projects

Comic book scribe and producer Paul Dini explains on his blog why he won’t be writing for Rocksteady’s future games.

Remember when we reported last week that Paul Dini won't be coming back to write for Rocksteady's future games? Now, the acclaimed comic book writer and TV producer has given us the reason why this is the case.

In a post on his blog, Dini had this to say:

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. 

Dini also took the announcement of Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC as a sign that Rocksteady has already filled its vacant writer post. 

Now on to the even sadder news, if Rocksteady does want to hire Dini again, they sadly can't as Dini states, "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."

However, in saying all this, Dini isn't closing his doors on working with Rocksteady again. On the contrary, he had nothing but nice things to say regarding his relationship with the studio.

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.

While this might not be a big deal to some people, if you've been a fan of Batman: The Animated Series and some of Dini's other works, you'll know the man knows his Batman stuff. Hopefully, whomever replaces him is more than adequate to fill in his shoes.

Source: Game Informer