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Max Payne 3 Announced... Finally!

Take-Two has announced something that should please all PC gaming-faithful -- Max Payne 3 is in the works for a release this winter.

Developed by Remedy Entertainment, the original Max Payne shipped for the PC in July 2001, bringing bullet-time gameplay to the right mouse buttons of all gamers. An equally gritty, but slightly more matured sequel hit two years later and gathered just as much praise as the first did. With both Max Payne entries such successes, a third must have been in the works? Not so, as the originals’ Finnish developer moved on to develop Alan Wake (still yet to be released).

While Remedy is still working on Alan Wake, Take-Two Interactive is passing the license onto Rockstar Games to make Max Payne 3. Currently under development by Rockstar Vancouver, the PC version of the game will be joined by Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 ports this holiday season.

"We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "This is Max as we've never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation."

Take-Two’s press release only offers this description for Max Payne 3: “Since leaving the NYPD and New York itself behind, Max has drifted from bad to worse. Double-crossed and a long way from home, Max is now trapped in a city full of violence and bloodshed, using his weapons and instincts in a desperate search for the truth and a way out.”

There aren’t any screenshots yet, but there is a lone piece of concept art on the official site showing the older, grizzlier Max Payne.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Tindytim
    They better not pull a Fallout 3, and just make a Total Conversion mod for GTA4. Max Payne as an Open World game just wouldn't work like the first 2. While Open World games are great for some applications, when you want to control a tight and time sensitive story an Open World can take you out of the experience.

    And I hope they go back to the way Max Looked originally. Max in the second game look like Ted Danson.
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  • matt_b
    "Max Payne 3 Announced... Finally!"
    Two words...HELL YEAH!!

    "While Remedy is still working on Alan Wake, Take-Two Interactive is passing the license onto Rockstar Games to make Max Payne 3"
    One word...******
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  • Why does this new Max Payne look like Arab terrorist??
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  • n1ckml007
    Wired claims no PC version: http://blog.wired.com/games/2009/03/max-payne-3-now.html
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  • hairycat101
    glowingblueballsWhy does this new Max Payne look like Arab terrorist??
    That is an interseting point, but what I want to know is why he looks so different with every game. Kind of reminds me of the "Vacation" movies where the kids completely change in every movie.
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  • Marcus Yam
    n1ckml007Wired claims no PC version: http://blog.wired.com/games/2009/0 3-now.htmlWired is incorrect. Official press release explicitly states that there will be a PC version.

    http://ir.take2games.com/releaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=372139

    PC gamers rejoice!
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  • Tindytim
    glowingblueballsWhy does this new Max Payne look like Arab terrorist??hairycat101That is an interseting point, but what I want to know is why he looks so different with every game. Kind of reminds me of the "Vacation" movies where the kids completely change in every movie.I don't think that's Max, I believe it's just a random stock photo Yam thought would make sense to include in the article.
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  • zaratustra06
    Well I hope that's just some random photo and not new Max look. That would be just wrong!
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  • eklipz330
    o man max payne had to be one of the first 3-d games that i played on pc that didn't look like vomit
    why do i think i will be dissappointed by this?
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  • radnor
    Because they can or will fuck up a great story/concept ?

    Shiny graphics can take you so far. The list of games proving this is endless.
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