Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 canceled

Webcomic creators confirm third installment in episodic adventure game series from Hothead has been shelved; story to continue as graphic novel on Web site.

The inaugural Penny Arcade Expo - East opened its doors for a three-day gaming extravaganza in Boston today, but one of the first bits of news out of the conference isn't likely to sit well with attendees. Speaking to gaming blog Joystiq, webcomic creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins confirmed that there are no plans to release a third episode in the Penny Arcade Adventures downloadable adventure game series.

"There won't be an Episode 3," Krahulik told Joystiq. "We're actually not making a third episode of the game." Holkins went on to note that proceeding on Episode 3 would have interfered with developer Hothead Games' work on the EA Partners-backed DeathSpank. "They definitely could've done both games. I think they could've made DeathSpank and Episode 3, but I think Episode 3 would've suffered... So we'd rather not do it than do it half-assed."

Tycho and Gabe could not be reached for comment as of press time.

After years of levying withering criticism of games through the often-acerbic gamer-focused Penny Arcade webcomic, Krahulik and Holkins entered the industry in 2008 with Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. Developed in conjunction with Hothead Games, Episode 1 received generally positive reviews. The second installment, released five months later, garnered an equally positive critical reception.

Holkins and Krahulik plan to conclude the game's storyline as an episodic graphic novel through the game's Web site. "Our main goal at this point is to make sure that people aren't left hanging on a narrative side, and to allow Hothead to do the best they can on their project," Holkins said.

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108 comments
pashmina626
pashmina626

I'm playing through the first game now and hope to have the second game soon but I was really sad to hear that there will not be a third episode.

Nakor
Nakor

Bad that I won't get to play another one, good that I won't have to buy another one. I am broke like crazy.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

wait..................currently no plans? i guess its possible, but i guess they wouldn't bother until deathspank is finished.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

@ InsertWittyID well im not the only one

kockychef
kockychef

this sucks but hopefully after they finish their project they can come back to the series.

Spexter
Spexter

@RufusChambers: Never mind where I found them,the fact remains that it's a great game and that it shouldn't be canceled,a delay is ok but cancel,and altogether I've said my opinion,don't want to hog the comments anymore...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

That's a shame, but I suppose as long as they publish the remaining story I'll be happy. It was fun seeing the characters come to life though.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

That's a bummer, but I'll be more than happy to pick up the rest of the story as a graphic novel of some kind.

RufusChambers
RufusChambers

@Spexter Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and file that under "Pirated Software". You just found it for free on "some website"? Those games were $15 a piece (now they offer a 2 for 1 deal). A little pricey agreed but I respect the PA crew and Hothead enough to chip in for them. And as for cancelling it, why not just delay? We've waited this long, seriously, just take you time and finish it properly. A graphic novel seems a cop-out for something that started in interactive media. The fans have more understanding and patience than they (Gabe & Tycho) believe

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

Damn, i'd of liked to finish off the series. They were pretty easy trophies too...

froggut198
froggut198

@InsertWittyID Hmm maybe its cuz video games are different from internet comics? :O Shocking...

froggut198
froggut198

Eh, this doesn't surprise me as the other games, well the first one anyways, were pretty shoddy. The only real redeeming quality that I found was the humor, but that alone doesn't warrant the high price tag of the games. I'll just shell out the extra cash for some good quality RPGs, God knows there are plenty coming out, or have already come out, this year anyways.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

a couple of you are saying they may bring it back...........i would like that. there are too few RPGs out, especially in america, and not only did Penny Arcade Adventures provide me with 2, but they did so while being funny at the same time. how many games have you played that were strictly funny, but managed to have kickass gameplay? i seriously hope they pick it up again.......i loved these, i downloaded both the day they were available, and although a bit pricey, they were damn worth it, i just wanted a RPG with penny arcade comedy.......they managed to do both, but actually get a story in that drew me in.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I have the first two games and they are pretty funny, but gameplay-wise I found them a little boring. Maybe I didn't play them enough though.

Spexter
Spexter

@RufusChambers:No,I actually found them for free on a legal(I think it was legal,because it didn't seem as a pirate site) site,it just said download here,and there wasn't any cracks for it. But still,for a 300MB game,it was a far better experience then some of this 7GB pieces of crap...

Nuron_V
Nuron_V

For those that are asking Deathspank is it is a RPG/Adventure game headed by hothead creative direct Ron Gilbert. Who is Ron Gilbert you ask. Ron is quite a legend in the adventure game circles and is the mastermind behind Day of the tentacle, Monkey Island etc. He was brought in at hothead games on a consultancy basis for the penny arcade games. Trust me if you like Penny Arcade you will probably like Deathspank. I also assume they will pick up on episode 3 after Deathspank is released.

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

@xXZak-ataKXx Why are you on a video game news website if you haven't heard of Penny Arcade?

RufusChambers
RufusChambers

They were free? Did you just admit out loud to pirating them?

Spexter
Spexter

These two games actually stood out of the rest because: 1)They were free 2)They were great 3)They offered a fantastic experience and reasonably long entertainment considering that they only required around 45 min of download Why do they always cancel the best games so that they could make some mediocre game?WHY?!!!

Klia-Solidor
Klia-Solidor

There is so much crap out there, why do they have to cancel the games I like?

Flamesingh1
Flamesingh1

"I loved the first two games. There were outstanding classic rpgs and really funny. This is such a let down. Continued as webcomics... phfft! Lame." You can't be serious........IT STARTED AS A WEBCOMIC........

Adziboy
Adziboy

Boycott DeathSpank! Only kidding, but at least the Penny Arcade episodes I liked, or at least knew. What the hell is DeathSpank? Sounds like a twisted porn site.

cspiffo
cspiffo

Damn, that sucks. Oh well. I'll look forward to the graphic novel.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

ive never even heard of this...so i dont know what to say about it

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Seems to me like we won't be seeing a Half Life: Episode 3 either....

dmxdxl
dmxdxl

thank god penny arcade sucks..

thorughfire
thorughfire

Wise of them to put all their effort into 1 project instead of half assing 1 or possibly both projects.Im sure you guys will get Episode 3 eventually,Just not right now.

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Dang...you hate to see this kind of thing happen :(

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

It's a shame quality like this must be cut when garbage flows onto the shelves all the time, especially on Wii. Why don't developers cancel some of those.

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

Goddamnit I loved those games :(.

nephili232
nephili232

I loved the first two games. There were outstanding classic rpgs and really funny. This is such a let down. Continued as webcomics... phfft! Lame.

First_Descent
First_Descent

I never got into the series, but wanted to... but now I don't think I will since this news.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Disappointing to hear. At least I still have another Episode 3 to wait for.

C'mon, Valve! Don't fail me too!

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

did anyone buy the first 2?

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Lame. Soo lame. The first two episodes were great games... and I was looking forward to Episode 3, for quite a while. And, then they pull this? Again... lame.

Oldgun
Oldgun

That's disappointing !!

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

I've been waiting for Episode 3 since the end of last June... Had they released it I would have been all over it! It's actually so disappointing!

dontcare5454
dontcare5454

Well I'm a HUGE Death Spank fan so this is win for me but I am sorry for anyone looking forward to this title instead and maybe you will try Death Spank It will be funny also

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

@XturnalS I feel your loss, feeling it to. The games where very well done, I think I must have died laughing the first time I threw fruit at the bots. I can understand them not wanting to be done halfa$$ed but wish they would not have cancelled them and just delayed them. Hopefully they will rethink this or someone else picks it up and does't mess it up.

XturnalS
XturnalS

I just died a little inside. I really liked both games both storywise and gameplay wise but damnit man now my hopes for a new title are gone....

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@ Shadow_Fire41 There is no justice in this industry; only marketing.(and a bit of art when it is compatible)

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

this ain't right, they aren't gonna make more penny arcade games but they still make craploads of Call of Duty and Madden games? where is the justice in this world?

Anderjak
Anderjak

That's disappointing, but I'm glad they have a good reason for it. And that the creators were basically the ones to pull the plug on it. It would suck if they got caught up in publisher problems.