Max Payne 3 delayed to May

Take-Two pushes Rockstar Games' shooter to May 15 in NA, May 18 in Europe; PC iteration coming later to "ensure highest quality."

Max Payne was ready to take a trip to Brazil this March in Max Payne 3, but those plans have been dashed. Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive today announced that Max Payne 3 has been delayed from March to May 2012.

Hopefully Max Payne purchased traveler's insurance.

More specifically, Max Payne 3 will arrive for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 15 in North America, with a European premiere scheduled for May 18. A PC version of the game will follow in North America on May 29, and in Europe on June 1.

Because of the delay, Take-Two said it's expecting to report a net loss for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. The company said this amounts to a dip in net revenue of $210-$230 million. Take-Two will announce third-quarter financial results on February 2, 2012.

As for the reason behind Max Payne 3's delay, Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said the game was pushed to its new release window to "ensure that Max Payne 3 delivers the highest quality."

Take-Two also reiterated that its fiscal year 2013 will include BioShock: Infinite, Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, XCOM, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and additional, unspecified titles to be announced later.

Max Payne 3 is in the works at Rockstar Games' Vancouver studio, which took over from Finnish developer Remedy (Alan Wake). The game will catch up with the now-former cop, who has spent the time since Max Payne 2 running from his troubled past. That has led him to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he works as a private bodyguard for a wealthy family.

The $100 collector's edition of Max Payne 3.

Rockstar is also incorporating multiplayer into the series for the first time with Max Payne 3. The publisher has said it will feature "traditional" multiplayer game modes with full-featured support for character progression, clans, and loadout options.

In addition to the standard iteration of Max Payne 3, Rockstar Games will offer a $100 version of the shooter. This top-tier SKU includes a 10-inch-tall statue of Max, a bullet keychain, art prints, the game's soundtrack, in-game weapons, and "classic" multiplayer characters from previous entries in the franchise.

For more on Max Payne 3, check out GameSpot's interview with Rockstar Games' vice president of product development, Jeronimo Barrera.

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yellosnolvr
yellosnolvr

@indicaX right on the money with that comment right there.

RuinHD
RuinHD

This and Mass Effect 3 are (in my opinion) going to be Killer apps. I can Still play max Payne 1 and 2 without it feeling too dated. They're Still masterpieces, and always will be.

lonewolfrussell
lonewolfrussell

Well happens to all the games these days. But good news for some lol

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

"Strauss Zelnick said the game was pushed to its new release window to "ensure that Max Payne 3 delivers the highest quality." So...lemme see if I got this right: until now this game was not projected to exhibit...highest quality ? Whatta moron !

LordSashev
LordSashev

ohh yeah . Good news , i totally love Max payne , i hope they make it as good - even better than the last ones :) Go on Rockstar you are the best

chilipalm
chilipalm

I'm glad they're taking their time to fix any bugs. Unlike those greedy bastards at Bethesda releasing a buggy ass Skyrim.

Jakeslikescakes
Jakeslikescakes

This is terrible news!! I am glad they will be perfecting the game before releasing it though.

ishan316
ishan316

I pre-ordered the SE. Damn this wasn't expected. Next thing we're gonna hear is GTA V pushed to next year (most probably May 2013).

muzza93
muzza93

Its good that they have Max Payne as an older bald dude, i mean every shooter u play as some 30 year old pretty boy, this is why R* are the best, by a long way, always miles ahead of the competition. I mean they just have such original ideas and attention to detail and fine tuning to perfection. Im glad its delayed, if it was released when it was supposed to and wasnt perfect then all your comments would of been "should of spent a few more months in development to polish and tweak". Your all whiners.

indicaX
indicaX

So let me get this straight.... ***** game comes out yearly and does little to nothing to change/improve gameplay and it's bashed as a copy past affair, redundant, the fall of the industry blah blah blah... Then this game comes out with a NEW look for Max, a NEW local, a NEW gameplay changing cover system and brand NEW MP element and what does it get for it's effort... "Well they changed too much" "R* screwed it up" "I'ts not Max Payne in my eyes" "It's John McLaine" Good job guys!!! Let's make sure all dev's get the message that change is scary and we don't like it, but lets keep complaining about lack of it.

psycho75
psycho75

@wyan_ I'm from Sao Paulo and at night there is not much difference from New York u know,about the rest of your post,yea Max look very different but hey it's a Rockstar production,it might surprise us...

BBGUN06
BBGUN06

Im glad it was pushed back. means they are making it better. And besides, i dont have any money to buy it yet D: BUT I WILL! :D

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

Always wanted to play as John Mclane!

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

That's not EA who would have the guts to do that.Their dictator wouldn't allow them that! This is a good news for the gamers since we will get a game thar work on release... And @BryanParksSuper : you just made a fool of yourself dude! Max Payne was made on and for PC. And what a awesome game it was!

h2k47
h2k47

@BryanParksSuper lol are you kidding me?...Max Payne was first released for 'Microsoft Windows' in 2001 and for your 'then' unimportant consoles in 2002. Check your information dude.anyways,yea i have to blame Rockstar because PC gamers are always being treated unfairly ..PC games have always had the upper hand over consoles in terms of visual eye-candy effects which would make your whole gaming experience different.. and It would be awful if they badly ported MP3 like they did to GTA IV and L.A.Noire..

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Personally, I say as a way to apologize for such a violation, Rockstar should re-release Max Payne 1 & 2 on XBox Live and PSN so that we may have something to hold us over until May. Who else agrees? LOL The upside to this is there is no more debate for me on whether I will buy this or Mass Effect 3 first. Rockstar made that decision for me LOL Good job, guys.

kokonut1971
kokonut1971

not hard to understand why there is a delay this was coming around same time as mass effect 3. they would have lost a ton of money and the game would have taken a back seat to a bigger release. they just decided to release it in a slower time of the release schedule where they have a better chance of making money. What sucks is that they make up those lame reasons to announce the delay. We are not stupid kids and can understand that they would want to delay because of the effect of mass effect, dont take us for tools rock*, now how about that red dead redemption game? thats the one a gazillion people want for pc!

BloodMist
BloodMist

@BryanParksSuper Are you really that friggin stupid?

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

bunk. In march i had time to play it, but now its coming out right before i have to start studying for the Bar.....no dice. Have to wait till august for me.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Ahhh bum. That's both Starhawk and Mr. Payne that I need to wait until May for :(

DethSkematik
DethSkematik

Eh, it's only two weeks after consoles...I mean, beats having to wait an entire year for a PC version like past Rockstar games :P.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

And the 2012 delaying tournament......Begins.

syahirkhai
syahirkhai

wait, until May huh. Just enough time to work, gain money, and buy this when it comes out. ;D

Hermiro
Hermiro

A couple of months is no problem - I already got so many games to play in the meantime so this is more of a relief :)

EXODYS
EXODYS

No problem, would rather want a fine polished game worthy of the name Max Payne, make it good :)

dantefenix
dantefenix

this one has been delayed for 3 long years already

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

meh its max payne just waitin for gtaV

keyb0red
keyb0red

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BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

@h2k47 Max Payne started on PS2 and was designed for consoles. You wanna game on PC than ur gonna get a Port of the console version. Its ur choice to game on PC but don't blame Rockstar.

h2k47
h2k47

ah Rockstar..they just love to port console games that run like turtles on PC..i l probably look for a patch befor the game is released lol..i reallly hope max payne 3 skips their usual 'lazy' porting..

TigerRifle1
TigerRifle1

Multiplayer. Really? If thats what caused the delay they can go to hell.

mtait01
mtait01

no problem, I still need to finish Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Sonic Generations and Deus Ex... so I will be fine until May ;)

wyan_
wyan_

I don't have too much doubt they will be able to make a good shooter, but it is disappointing to see how much they've changed the look of the game. Max doesn't look like Max anymore. I'm not all enthusiastic about the move to South America either. It's not like there are a bunch of noir style copycats out there and they have to change everything to be original. It's not like this is the eleventh game in the series either. It's only the third. I don't think the look and locale from the last two games had worn out its welcome at all. I don't get why they thought they had to change so much. If the name of the game had been changed before I saw the video I may never have guessed it had a single thing to do with Max Payne.

syahirkhai
syahirkhai

Its been 6474628736 times of delays already! Goshh, *sigh* because its Max Payne, I'm still willing to wait for it. -,-

syahirkhai
syahirkhai

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Zoomer30
Zoomer30

So this pretty much pushes GTA V to "about a week or two after the end of time"

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

new max payne = meh delay = dont really care. They changed the game TOO much. it was a film noir bullet time shooter. they took out the noir part and added cover shooting?? I am not saying this game will be bad. it may be GREAT, but it is no longer a max payne game in my eyes! hey lets take gears of war. set in on a space ship in outerspace and make it a FPS game! that is basicly what I feel they have done with max payne they have changed so much.

shantory
shantory

@BryanParksSuper maybe SA fanbase is bigger than GTAIV but i don't think that makes IV a weak game, as a Rockstar fan i think they realized by SA that maps couldn't get any bigger so they decided to work on quality by adding (in-game internet, mobiles) a more mature dialogue among other things, SA fans hated removing (muscles, fat, stamina etc.) but that's don't make GTAIV any weaker Oh and i don't think GTAV is going to be lunched in 2012 anyways, cheers mate

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

This better be good, as Max Payne 1&2 are my favourite games of all time. Can't wait for the PC version.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Wow GTA IV Fanboys thumbs down my post bout GTA IV being worst GTA ever made and Mods delete it. Go figure. After all it didn't deserve GOTY. It because it's GTA it automatically Wins GOTY. Anybody who thought GTA V was had a shot of coming in 2012 doesn't know Rockstar. Bunch of 12 yrs posting.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Your right I didn't play any FF games until 7 came out. I'm 30 yrs old. I'm not gonna bother subpar FF when FF VII still can't be Beaten. FF X was awesome. That's bout it. You probably love FF XIII huh? I have 100% FF VII 22 times. So how bout you STFU kid.

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

What actually happened is that they realized that if they released Max Payne 3 on 3/6/12, all their sales efforts would be ousted by Mass Effect 3. Kind of like how Assassin's Creed: Revelations came out so close to the day of Skyrim's release.

geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

Heh, the day it was supposed to come out was RIGHT after my birthday. Shame. Better late than never I suppose.

inversepolarity
inversepolarity

Rockstar dudes... looking forward to your iteration of max payne! Make it astonishing! Inbetween that release and nowhere, any chance of a few more snippets of gta v

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

since when has a rockstar game come out in march? they always come out in may or the fall. hang in there. it is still coming

gizzy82
gizzy82

I'm sure Max Payne will be great and i will certainly be getting it but all i read was "Max Payne delayed which means the wait for GTA V will be even longer" :[