Max Payne 1 & 2 Remake have entered 'production readiness stage'

Remedy Games shared updates on the Max Payne remakes, Control 2, and other projects on its slate.

Image via Remedy Entertainment

With Alan Wake 2 only just having dropped and caught a lot of our collective attention, it might be easy to forget Remedy has a lot of other irons in the fire, but it was happy to share an update on a few of those projects recently. Reportedly, the Max Payne 1 & 2 Remake has now entered a “production readiness stage,” likely meaning the game has moved past concept phase and into either early production or pre-production. Either way, Remedy claims the remake is moving as intended alongside updates on other projects.

Remedy shared this big update on its upcoming games in a recent investor relations report on its Q3 2023 earnings results. There, in the press release, Remedy spoke to the latest details on the Max Payne Remake, Control 2, and other codenamed projects:

Alan Wake wandering through city streets with a gun in Alan Wake 2
With Alan Wake 2 only just having dropped, it might be easy to forget Remedy has a lot of other irons in the fire, but it was happy to share an update on a few of those projects recently.
Source: Remedy Entertainment

Remedy goes on to share more updates on its other projects in the report as well. Control 2 is still in a proof-of-concept stage. A co-op multiplayer shooter codenamed Condor has moved past its proof-of-concept and is in production readiness stage alongside Max Payne. Finally, Codename Vanguard is another game that is still in proof-of-concept stage as Remedy sorts out what it wants to do with the game alongside its publisher.

Max Payne 1 & 2 Remake was announced as a collaboration between Rockstar and Remedy in April 2022. The game is likely to be a ways off, given Alan Wake 2 just came out and Remedy is working on so many other things. Nonetheless, projects seem to be moving along nicely for the developer. Stay tuned as we continue to watch for further updates.

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    October 31, 2023 11:42 AM

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      October 31, 2023 12:55 PM

      There was a brief period of time when I was excited for these Max Payne remakes, but after Control and more specifically Alan Wake 2, I'd much rather have Control 2 or even an Alex Casey game from Remedy next.

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        October 31, 2023 1:35 PM

        Likewise. Granted I played through MP and MP2 at least 3-4 times in the years after they came out so I feel like I have the game memorized, but I'm sure nostalgia will get me to play these again. The paper particle effects in control got me reminiscing hard about MP.

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        October 31, 2023 5:04 PM

        Yeah I'm not gonna be able to do most of these remakes. I get a wild hair, buy, play for an hour, never touch again.
        Also I've probably played Max Payne 15 times, and MP2 like 30 (it's so SHORT), and F.E.A.R. like 8-9. These were my "new system upgrade test apps" until I had no more increasing of detail/resolution available on the game menu (then moved to the next game as the test).

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        October 31, 2023 5:49 PM

        Control 2 is definitely in the works.

        And they can effectively just rename Max Payne as Alex Casey :)

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          October 31, 2023 6:05 PM

          They don't own the rights to Max Payne, Rockstar does. Which is kinda why Alex Casey exists at all. It's their own thing referencing their old thing now owned by someone else.

          It's cool that Rockstar contracted them to do the Max Payne remakes, but they still can't do whatever they want with Max, they can do whatever with Alex Casey tho. Same as how Quantum Break is off limits since that's owned by MS. They have to fudge the references to those characters and events.

          I've played the first two Max Payne games more than enough. I'm sure they'll be good remakes but it will still be mostly the same story and similar gameplay is imagine. I want something totally new with how they're tying all their own games together and especially after seeing all of Casey's monologues in Wake's chapters. Such a tease.

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      October 31, 2023 1:05 PM

      Needs Max Payne Kung Fu mod

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      October 31, 2023 1:07 PM

      I was already so far past the point of no return I couldn't even remember what it looked like when I had passed it.

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