when i heard that the were coming out with DX:IW, i was both thrilled, and i thought - "how the hell are they going to pick up the story?" i mean - there were three different endings,
these seemed pretty mutually exclusive to me, but apparently the writers figured out

so how are they going to make a sequel to DX2? i mean seriously your choices are:

i just don't see how you can reconcile these scenarios. it kind of reminds me of planet of the apes - the original planet of the apes was made as kind of an art film, but Fox noticed that it made serious bank, so they produced a sequel. the writers were kind of disappointed by this - they thought the original story should stand alone, and not be exploited for profit - so they whipped up an ending to this one that made a sequal impossible:

not that i'm saying that the dev team of DX2 were trying to prevent the creation of DX3, i'm just noting the trend of the games being increasingly difficult to follow up.