It’s unknown what developer Rocksteady will deliver to us next in the wake of Batman: Arkham City, but one thing that is sure is that writer Paul Dini won’t be a part of it. The driving force behind the classic 1990s Batman animated series and general scribe all other such awesome Batman material will be absent from future Batman games developed by Rocksteady.
The news of Dini’s departure comes confirmed via his Twitter account. Its’ unknown at this point why Rocksteady hasn’t asked Dini to return since both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City received near universal praise for its depiction of Batman and his rogues gallery.
I doubt Dini’s departure from being the go-to writer for Rocksteady wasn’t because of a creative tiff but perhaps because Rocksteady is simply heading in a different direction. Rumors surfaced last month which point to a new Batman game being in the works by Rocksteady which took inspiration from the colorful art-deco world of the Silver Age comics as opposed to the gritty and downright grim universe as depicted in the Arkham games.
Rocksteady and Warner Bros. have remained tightlipped as to whether the Silver Age Batman game is indeed an actual thing, but this news concerning Dini may back that up seeing as how that isn’t exactly his standard material as a writer and he admitted to not knowing about the project.
Dini’s departure from the Batman video game franchise will no doubt take a while to sink in amongst gamers and fans of the caped crusader. On one hand it’s a shame to see Dini go since he’s an amazing writer, but for me I’m excited to see someone else step up to the plate since Arkham City did seem a bit bloated in a few areas and lacked true standout moments.
It’s likely that another established comic book scribe will step into Dini’s slot but who that is and when we’ll see Rocksteady’s next Batman game is a mystery that may be too tough for even Batman to solve.