Max Payne 3 coming March 2012

Rockstar Games promised updates for its perpetually-delayed Max Payne 3, and today, they've delivered. Max Payne 3 will be available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in March 2012 across North America and Europe.

Rockstar Games promised updates for its perpetually-delayed Max Payne 3, and today, they've delivered. Max Payne 3 will be available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in March 2012 across North America and Europe. Although Rockstar Vancouver was originally attached to the project, the publisher is now calling the effort a "true cross-studio collaboration between Rockstar Games' global development teams." Makes sense, given Vancouver's lack of experience in developing multiplayer.

Max Payne 3 box art

"Max Payne 3 gave us an amazing creative opportunity to evolve one of our most iconic characters," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games said in a press release. "We're excited to show fans a modern version of Max that pulls them back into his dark and twisted story." The story begins in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Max starts a new life, still "haunted by the memories of his traumatic past." When gang violence breaks out, Max must "once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long." Can we expect more crazy dream sequences in MP3? Max Payne 3 will also include multiplayer, a first for the franchise. According to Rockstar, the multiplayer offering will "dynamically alter maps" and will include the now-standard reward and leveling systems seen in other online games. In addition, there will be support for "persistent clans."

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    September 8, 2011 5:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Max Payne 3 coming March 2012.

    Rockstar Games promised updates for its perpetually-delayed Max Payne 3, and today, they've delivered. Max Payne 3 will be available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in March 2012 across North America and Europe.

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      September 8, 2011 5:32 AM

      Hopefully we'll see a trailer soon.

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      September 8, 2011 5:55 AM

      I don't see how the hell they are going to do noire in bright sunlight Sao Paolo. The story was resolved in MP2 anyway, I think his character was done.

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        September 8, 2011 6:37 AM

        Yeah, i would have thought it would have been hard to come up with a max payne sequel that I was not the least bit excited for, and yet they've somehow done it :(

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        September 8, 2011 7:00 AM

        Isn't the Inner Circle still very much intact at the end of MP2?

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          September 8, 2011 8:46 AM


          considering the last person involved in the Inner Circle is killed at the end of the game, no.

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          September 8, 2011 8:41 PM

          I have to replay MP2 some time. I also thought the story left open some hooks for a sequel at the end...

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        September 8, 2011 11:09 AM

        The fact is that São Paulo is not "bright with sunlight". The cover looks like São Paulo skyline transported to Rio de Janeiro.

        São Paulo is known in Brazil as "city of drizzle". Its usually cloudy, with cool temperatures, although never cold.

        Its low latitude (directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees South) is amenized (climatewise) by the 800m above sea level height of the city.

        furthermore, I have seen plenty of Noire movies in bright sunlit Los Angeles. Thus, it CAN be done in São Paulo. Just use nighttime instead of daytime!!

        Even when in NY, there was hardly any level that was during the day... most Max Payne 1 and 2 levels were at nighttime.

        Thus, I dont see why you cant have a noire story at São Paulo. You CAN, Rockstar only needs to use propper nighttime and real São Paulo cloudy climate, instead of all that sunlight, more propper to a story in Rio de Janeiro or some northeastern Brazilian state capital.

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          September 8, 2011 9:09 PM

          Yeah, if anything, São Paulo is not "bright with sunlight".

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      September 8, 2011 6:02 AM

      can't wait for this

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      September 8, 2011 8:55 AM


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      September 8, 2011 9:27 AM

      They need to stop working on this and bring us RDR to PC :(

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        September 8, 2011 8:45 PM

        RDR is developed by RS San Diego, not RS Vancouver. Could be that RS SD are now helping out, but it doesn't say how much the other teams are involved, and if it's really all or just some.

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      September 8, 2011 11:10 AM

      sweet ! I loved the previous two.

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      September 8, 2011 11:39 AM

      It's Max Fucking Payne. Sold.

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        September 8, 2011 12:27 PM

        That's where you are wrong. It's not Max Payne, just shares the same name.

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          September 8, 2011 8:30 PM

          Exactly. Nothing can Remedy this.

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            September 8, 2011 8:31 PM

            I threw up a little at that pun. Ya jerk.

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            September 8, 2011 8:48 PM

            Yeah, I doubt Max Payne 3 will be a worthy sequel. Remedy are damn excellent at what they do; haven't seen any other 3rd person shooters as good as MP1, MP2, or Alan Wake.

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              September 10, 2011 4:38 PM

              I really have enjoyed the stories of GTA4 and RDR. I don't see how it is impossible for Rockstar to put together a solid MP sequel. The Max Payne stories drip with style, but they are not exactly Shakespeare. I'm pretty sure that Rockstar can do it justice. Just the fact that they intend to show Max over a longer time frame (hairy to hairless...) makes me think that they are trying to do something interesting. Definitely not generic!

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      September 8, 2011 12:54 PM

      I am happy at them for including a PC version.

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      September 8, 2011 1:01 PM

      i hope that it's a PC first game and not a dumbed down console port which i think it will be

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        September 8, 2011 6:50 PM

        What's there to dumb down though? While I love the Max Payne games, they were very simple in design. I apologize if I may have misinterpretted your post.
        However, I can totally see where you are coming from if Rockstar goes all GTAIV with the pc version of Max Payne 3, which is why I am probably going to end up buying a console version of this game.

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      September 8, 2011 9:55 PM

      I'm trying to not pass judgement on this. The two Max Payne games are some of my favorite games. I'll just say they need to have one hell of a trailer to really sell me (which would be great because the Max Payne 2 trailer is one of my favs). It doesn't sound as bad as it did when they first announced it, but San Paulo, the bald Max Payne, they gotta really sell it.

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      September 9, 2011 2:14 PM

      I am so pleased he now looks a bit more like Max Payne.

      Not like him; But more like him like the balding fat Biker guy did.

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      September 9, 2011 2:57 PM

      Not that excited about this game, yet but god damn Rockstar sure knows how to make an enticing cover art.

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