Max Payne 3 Announced!

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In March of 2004, the CEO of Take-Two said that there would be another Max Payne installment, even after disappointing sales from Max Payne 2. A little over five years later, the game is finally announced for a winter of 2009 release. Max Payne 2 is up there in my all-time list, so I’ve been waiting for this for awhile. And before you ask: Yes, I saw the movie. Opening weekend. It pretty much sucked, but it had two attractive female cast members in the movie, so I couldn’t complain too much.

I’m looking forward to Payne’s over-dramatized sentences containing more metaphors than words. Mona Sax is dead, which pretty much means Payne will have dream sequences consisting of him banging her in a morgue or some other similar setting. Either way, I’m sure it’ll be fun. The question now is how well can this series age. They haven’t mentioned anything new for Max Payne 3, and one has to wonder how the old playstyle will appeal to the community now, when stuff like bullet time has been overused to exhaustion. I guess we will see this winter.

Hit the jump for the press release.

New York, NY – March 23, 2009 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that Max Payne 3 is currently in development and scheduled for a winter 2009 release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, Max Payne 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence.

The award-winning Max Payne franchise put players in the role of Max Payne, a hard-boiled New York City detective with a penchant for violence, out to avenge the death of his family. The latest installment delivers more of the classic elements and hyper-intense action that fans have come to love, while moving the story of Max in a new direction.

“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.”

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.

Max Payne 3 will be available in winter 2009 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC.

For more information, log onto http://www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3.

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