Max Payne Remakes Announced for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S

Hopefully not being developed in “bullet-time”
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Remedy Entertainment and Rockstar Games came out swinging with a surprise announcement today that the famed developers will be working together to bring players remakes of the original Max Payne and its sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.

This isn’t the first time that the duo have worked together. Remedy, the original developers of Max Payne, signed up Rockstar Games as the publisher for the sequel before the rights to Max Payne were moved over to Rockstar. Since then, we’ve had Max Payne 3 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 – and that’s it. The franchise has been left out in the cold with no sequel to speak of, though with the duo now planning a remake of the original games, it’s possible that the neo-noir shooter series could make a proper comeback.

“We were thrilled when our long-time friends at Remedy approached us about remaking the original Max Payne games,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games “We are massive fans of the work the Remedy team has created over the years, and we can’t wait to play these new versions.”

“Max Payne has always held a special place in the hearts of everyone at Remedy, and we know the millions of fans worldwide feel the same,” said Remedy CEO, Tero Virtala. “We’re hugely excited to be working with our partners at Rockstar Games once again for the chance to bring the story, action and atmosphere of the original Max Payne games back to players in new ways.” 

The new Max Payne remakes will be developed by Remedy as a single title for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, skipping out the PS4 and Xbox One generation.

Rockstar’s role in this agreement is financing the development and acting as the publisher to see the game spread far and wide, though no Rockstar Games studio will actively take part in the actual development, at least according to the announcement.

So, when will the Max Payne remakes release? That’s a good question and the answer is not clear. No release window has been mentioned at this time and the final note in the announcement states that the project is currently in the “concept development” stage, meaning it’s probably a couple of years away.

Still, always nice to have something to look forward to, isn’t it?

Rockstar Games has come under fire since the release of the GTA trilogy last year, which saw GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas remastered for modern consoles, though the reception was dire. Fingers crossed that Remedy can pull out the big guns and do Max Payne justice.

Source: Remedy

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