Rockstar Games hasn’t had the best track record with remastering its titles of late. The entire Internet decided their remaster of Grand Theft Auto 3 (and its direct sequels) was sub-par and a next-gen revision of Grand Theft Auto 5 only offering the bare minimum. Fortunately for Max Payne fans, though, it was the original games developers, Remedy, who contacted Rockstar about remaking the first two titles in the classic bullet-time series. Both the founder of Rockstar and the CEO of Remedy talked about their excitement for the upcoming project:
“We were thrilled when our long-time friends at Remedy approached us about remaking the original Max Payne games,” said Rockstar founder Sam Houser. “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,” Remedy CEO Tero Virtala added. “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.”
According to the press release, Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne will be released as a single game, developed on Remedy’s own Northlight engine. It also appears to be a full remake (as opposed to the GTA remasters), and is defined as being “in line with a typical Remedy AAA-game production”.
No release date for these title was announced, but the combined Max Payne title will be released for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC.