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Penny Arcade Episode 3 Probably Still Not Happening

If you want Penny Arcade Episode 3, purchasing the Mac App Store PA games is not actually a way to get it.

Hothead Games excitedly teased something it shouldn’t have this week, as both of its Penny Arcade games skyrocketed up the Mac App Store sales charts.

On Monday, Hothead had to pull a tweet that promised it would put the cancelled third game in the Penny Arcade Adventures series back on the frontburner if sales hit a high enough mark on the recently launched Mac App Store. "For those of you that want PA Episode 3, all you need to do is get 100,000 of your friends to buy 1 & 2. Seriously. Do that and we'll make it,” the Hothead Games tweet read. 
 


Following up with the tweet, PA's own Mike Krahulik responded with “that’s actually not true.” In a conversation with Joystiq, PA business guy Robert Khoo said "that's certainly news to me,” before adding that there is no new news to be written about future episodes.  
 
The PA guys haven't completely ruled out a third episode, by the way, but the time for it has arguably passed. Can you believe the second episode hit in 2008? Time flies!
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Posted by BradNicholson
Hothead Games excitedly teased something it shouldn’t have this week, as both of its Penny Arcade games skyrocketed up the Mac App Store sales charts.

On Monday, Hothead had to pull a tweet that promised it would put the cancelled third game in the Penny Arcade Adventures series back on the frontburner if sales hit a high enough mark on the recently launched Mac App Store. "For those of you that want PA Episode 3, all you need to do is get 100,000 of your friends to buy 1 & 2. Seriously. Do that and we'll make it,” the Hothead Games tweet read. 
 


Following up with the tweet, PA's own Mike Krahulik responded with “that’s actually not true.” In a conversation with Joystiq, PA business guy Robert Khoo said "that's certainly news to me,” before adding that there is no new news to be written about future episodes.  
 
The PA guys haven't completely ruled out a third episode, by the way, but the time for it has arguably passed. Can you believe the second episode hit in 2008? Time flies!
Edited by thedude1

Hmmm shame.
 
edit: This is actually my third first  haha

Posted by Hef

ARGH This quest will haunt me till the day i die

Posted by MisterMouse

bummer that that is the case... I enjoyed the short series, despite its drab combat and feeling like there was not a lot of replayability.

Posted by Rirse

What with series and their third episodes never coming out?

Posted by spencer_twin

sweet top ten
Posted by NeoKef

BS!!! I wanted Episode 3,  but instead we got two DeathSpank games.

Posted by Robitt

Ah... The illusive third episode. Shenmue and now this.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut
@thedude1 said:
" Hmmm shame. edit: This is actually my third first  haha "
Nice dawg. At least you didn't delete it. :P
Posted by BaconGames

I'm pissed that they made TWO, not just one, but TWO episodes and they throw off making a third.  Seriously guys make it so I can buy the games in a bundle which is what most people are gonna do.

Posted by takua108
@Robitt said:
" Ah... The illusive third episode. Shenmue and now this. "  
Don't forget the Episode Three. I'm seeing a pattern here.
Posted by JohnDudebro

I'd rather Hothead make another Penny Arcade than more Deathspank, but I know the PA guys wouldn't be up for it.

Posted by ViRiS

C'mon Hothead, you can make your Episode 3 before Valve does.

Posted by MrGtD

Mike and Jerry both say they fucking hated working on those games, Jerry especially.

Posted by Turbo_Toaster

Err, I'm almost certain Jerry did say it was done and that was why he put the remainder of the story up for people to read because the third one was nixed. Seems like it was Hothead that maybe didn't realize they were done with the game-making process.

Posted by NekuCTR

Hothead continues to disappoint me on all fronts.

Posted by EdIsCool

why would you trust anything hothead says ever again, I've no interest in the game, but I'm amazed that a company would say something that wasnt certain publicly. 
TWITTER IS A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT PEOPLE!!

Posted by OriginalGman
@Haru48:  Well, whoever teased that was wrong, but it's mostly Penny Arcade's fault for getting burned out writing the first two games. It was fun while it lasted.
Posted by SteamPunkJin

I just S-Ranked both of these over the weekend and was lamenting the fact that there wouldn't be anymore. Quality games without a doubt, funny, pretty good story, and for a turn based RPG very fun and challenging combat (the block timing for a lot of moves is a pain in the ass).

Posted by torian
@Turbo_Toaster said:

" Err, I'm almost certain Jerry did say it was done and that was why he put the remainder of the story up for people to read because the third one was nixed. Seems like it was Hothead that maybe didn't realize they were done with the game-making process. "

actually there's nineteen 'chapters' up right now. 
http://www.penny-arcade.com/rainslick/
Posted by pepper

That is dick of them...

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

In followup news, Hothead, after seeing the Mac Store sales of PA E1 and E2 skyrocket after the announcement  said, "Lol, suckers!"

Posted by JeanLuc

Oh please let this happen. I really want an episode 3. I thought that first 2 games were very funny and had a lot of charm to them.

Posted by CrashTanuki

It was obviously a sarcastic joke on the fact that no amount of sales could get the third game to be in the works again.

Posted by Mikular

Tycho's already writing Part Three... as a book. He releases chapters periodically, so there's little to no chance of a game, as (for obvious reasons) the current version of Chapter Three doesn't feature the player character. Clearly, Hothead didn't know this, and probably made some PC owners of the games frantically repurchase them for hopes of a sequel. Nice job, guys.

Posted by Brodehouse

I'd rather Telltale make Episode 3, because the best part of the PA games was Jerry writing them, and DeathSpank was just facepalmy.

Posted by Kweezy_G

What a shame, the first two were both very good.

Posted by ChrisTaran

Kinda not happy that they dropped the PA games to make the underwhelming DeathSpank series.

Posted by BloodRavyne

They should get another game company to make Episode 3, fuck Hothead.

Edited by AnEternalEnigma

Idiots shouldn't have charged $20 for the first game. That turned tons of people off. Even though Episode 2 was released for $15, they didn't cut Episode 1. No one wants to buy Episode 2 without the first one. 
 
I'm glad consumers finally decided to speak with their dollars on this one. Now if only they'd stop bending over for the Call of Duty map packs...

Posted by Alphazero

I will play a number three. The first two were tits.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

The Penny Arcade games were pretty good, although the first one was perhaps a tad overpriced at the full $20. In any case, people are suckers.

Posted by Box3ru13

Almost no greater disappointment this gen then the canceling of PA episode 3.  
 
First one was a pleasant surprise and the second was even better.  
 
Shame really. 

Posted by JackSukeru

After I lost my copy of episode 1 when my last computer broke (even though I'd finished it) I sort of lost interest in the series anyway.

Posted by cstrang
@NeoKef said:
" BS!!! I wanted Episode 3,  but instead we got two DeathSpank games. "
You mean a DeathSpank game, amirite or amirite? (seriously, those "two" were essentially the same game).
 
It's a shame that Episode 3 isn't coming out.  I really liked the first episode, and would definitely buy the rest of the series came out.
Posted by Colonel_Fury

Well that sucks.

Posted by animateria

Here's today's news.
 
Something that was promised to not happen, is still not going to happen. 
 
This concludes the news for today. 
  
 

 On a serious note, PS3/360 or PC for this game? I haven't play it yet and want to know the best version of this game.

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

Damn, what a tease.

Posted by Jadeskye

This makes me incredibly upset.

Posted by Undeadpool

Always nice to see that small indie companies are capable of pulling BS sales stunts as well. Sorry to anyone who bought this and believed their "joke."

Posted by MeatSim

I would buy a Penny Arcade Episode 3 but not DeathSpank

Posted by RsistncE

Anyone who wants a refund for purchasing the game following this promise should receive one. This was either a huge fuck up or just a dirty sales tactic.

Posted by AMonkey

xFMD. What an incredibly dick move of them to do to push up sales.
 
"Give us lots of money and we'll make another game!"
*gives them lots of money*
"Oh sorry we lied nvm. NO REFUNDS."

Posted by Deusoma

I think what we've learned over the years is that putting the subtitle "Episode 3" on your game is a pretty good way to ensure that it never actually comes out.

Posted by kollay
@Deusoma said:
" I think what we've learned over the years is that putting the subtitle "Episode 3" on your game is a pretty good way to ensure that it never actually comes out. "
Posted by PokeIkzai

IIRC PA and Hothead had a TON of behind the scenes drama.

Posted by LordLOC

That's to bad. I really enjoyed Episode 2 quite a bit (Episode 1 was a little less enjoyable to me for some reason).

Maybe they will eventually get EP3 made down the road....

Posted by Maxszy

Someday. I can hope. I want it so bad. I loved the games. It just really was a niche market, and who knows what else. 
 
Had a lot of fun with them and I am a huge PA fan so I can hope.

Posted by MrChaz

booo, I really enjoyed the first two games

Posted by Soap

Hothead games can go fuck themselves, this was such a dick move on there part, nothing but bad publicity for them.

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