Max Payne 3 will sell 4 million - Analyst

Sterne Agee industry watcher believes Rockstar's new shooter will go quadruple platinum during lifetime; Take-Two fiscal 2013 product slate "best-ever."

Max Payne may have a tough life, but his latest efforts will prove fruitful for publisher Take-Two Interactive, according to one analyst. In a note to investors, Sterne Agee industry watcher Arvind Bhatia said he expects Max Payne 3 to sell 4 million copies during its lifetime.

Max Payne 3 was worth the wait, says Bhatia.

Max Payne 3 shipped for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last week to a positive critical reception. It is the first new installment in the action shooter series since 2003's Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. A PC version of Max Payne 3 is due out in the US on May 29, with an international release following on June 1.

Take-Two will release its fourth-quarter earnings this afternoon, and Bhatia believes the report will be in line with consensus, down 18 percent year-over-year. Looking to the company's future, Bhatia has rosy expectations for the firm, saying the publisher's fiscal year 2013 product lineup is its "best-ever." Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM, and possibly Grand Theft Auto V will be "key contributors" to upcoming earnings, he said.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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142 comments
Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

So how did it sell in the end? Looks like Rockstar expected stronger sales... 

DN3D1997
DN3D1997

Great game.On PC in High is something else.But the mechanics of Max vere poorly executed.Shame,such a long time to develop and this.The end was rush way to much,the story itself was forgettable-compare to MP and MP2(i still remember'em vividly).If asked-6,maybe 7/10,and in a few day will forget  'bout MP3.The graphics aren't the only thing in a game,you know.Sorry,Rockstar,you didn't qiute deliver.

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

it will not break a record or will it??? 0_0

iamreadingboobs
iamreadingboobs

Max payne 3 is ok, but not as good as MP 1 or 2, I finished 4 times MP1 and 3 times MP2, but max payne 3? a game that you play and forget, nothing more

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Ahhh no wait.. It's 'shipped' 3 million.

 

Haha.  Blasted shipped and sold figures!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Wait..

 

Hasn't it only been out a week and yet already shifted 3 million?

 

If anything I'd say this prediction was way out already, seems to me like the game will go on for a few million more.

 

I still need to buy the thing anyway, so there's one sale :p

soulless4now
soulless4now

It's about time they asked someone else besides Pachter. 

DieselCat18
DieselCat18

I want a Max Payne and Rockstar T-Shirt  and hat !

videogamer008
videogamer008

first off i would love to say that i pre ordered this game and i am playing it as i speak and i have one word to say to Rockstar.... BRAVO! i am very highly impressed with this game..... if this game sell 1 million and it will, maybe there will be a max payne 4 in the works...

painkilla357
painkilla357

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cryingdevil63
cryingdevil63

I shall post a comment - Analyst

 

See,I can do that too!

vivalatour
vivalatour

hell it could hit 20 million who the frig knows lol

SanfordnSon5
SanfordnSon5

I had a blast with Vice City, San Andreas, the GTA IV series, Red Dead was outstanding, LA Noire  and now Max Payne 3. These games are my CoD! Rockstar will continue receiving my $65 and I'm married with 2 children. I'll have even more adventures trying to play through the advanced modes and waiting for GTA 5... which will be pre-ordered soon. Thx for the real entertainment Rockstar.

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

hell it could hit 6 million who the frig knows lol

roleplayer2004
roleplayer2004

A game like Max Payne 3 deserves to sell 4 million copies. People need to start getting behind good games and stop buying rubbish like CoD.

pakhair
pakhair

Hah it has already sold 3 Million in less hen 10 Days, Sales will be 5 Million + because first it has potential  and second PC release is still left and last there will be GOTY/Complete edition too considering Rockstar always does it

vivalatour
vivalatour

if I had enough money , I would get 10 copies for my mother !

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Newsflash! Good game sells well! Might sell more SHOCKER! Being an analyst must be a damn easy job.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Rockstar does it again. They must know some sort of magic or have some sort of non-failing powers. It seems all of their games sell like crazy. It also seems like they don't make a whole lot of games, which maybe helps explain why their games are so high in quality. They could make a crapton more money, but it seems they don't need/want to.  If that's the case, then I have respect for them in that regard.

popeyfolger
popeyfolger

Dont see how people could hate on rockstar all they seem to do is make great games but is suppose your entitled to your opinion. Max Payne 3 deserves the sales one of the few games recently that didn't disappoint

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

Well the game deserves all the praise its getting, it was worth the wait and one heck of a game.

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

MP3 will sell copies. Now pay me for my hard analyst' work. Which is science-based, of course. Just like economics...

Gen007
Gen007

lol It will do twice that easy at the rate its going maybe more.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Oh so you think Max Payne is gonna sell 4 million over its lifespan....should be easy when its already sold 3 million....im sick of these analyst......tell me what the lottery numbers are gonna be if you can predict the future Mr. Wizard

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Massive underestimation imho - the PC version isn't even out yet, and the game has already hit 3 million.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

I am so thrilled this game live up to the hype. with todays new generation of sequals missing the mark, or selling out due to reaching a new audiance, I am glad Max Payne proved that all these did nothing but age it like fine wine.

vader501st
vader501st

It certainly deserves those sales. Oustanding, visceral shooter that manages to blow away pretty much all of the competition. Hopefully it won't be another 9 years until MP 4.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I'm really not enjoying Max Payne 3. It's a struggle for me to carry on playing it. I might not finish it. I'm just glad I rented it and didn't buy it.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

MP3 is a really great game, and one of R*'s best. It should sell way more than that.

HeemaHamdy
HeemaHamdy

4 Million copies Only.....it's going to sell 8 millions as i guess..because this Epic is AMAZING

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

Actually MP3 is to be sold.......when u see in slo-mo a bullet coming towards u&u perform a dodge with gunning down the tangos,its predecessors can easily enjoy the 3rd in the party..........Rockstar,well done........Remedy,are u thinking something?????????

holtrocks
holtrocks

And it aint out for PC yet me and my buddys have it pre ordered.

Norrie91
Norrie91

Rockstar are the best they never fail. Max Payne 3 is awesome.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

It deserves it. What an incredible game.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Rockstar, you never failed to disappoint me...I love you :')

namdar
namdar

I so want to play this on my pc :D

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Honestly I haven't likes Rockstar much this gen, I think people give them way too much credit for GTA. GTA is a good series but San Andreas wasn't as fun as GTA 3 or Vice City, the best part of GTASA was it's engine.....the story felt padded with too many things I had no interest in doing forced on me and GTA 4 and RDR were the same way. RDR, I love how they talked about historical accuracy yet if you studied history there was only a handful of American outlaws that ever ran to Mexico, chief among them was Butch Cassidy but he ran all the way to South America. Eh.....aside from my gripe this guy is probably right given how gaga people are for Rockstar.....

videogamer008
videogamer008

 @SanfordnSon5

 buddy

 

may i share in your ensuethia because i too think that it is incredible awesome game. not trying to sound rude but uh could i ask u a question... if it sells 1 million do u think another max payne should be in order.....

pakhair
pakhair

The Analyst is a complete Looser, He should start doing something else

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

 @MJ12-Conspiracy GTA had such a fully realzied world, the whole city felt so much live. With internet, references to our culture with satirical touches, in game internet. You just..stand in Star junction (time square in GTA), close your eyes and you can feel your in the city.

 

As for RDR...That's my favorite game of all time. Perfect....

ji99saw
ji99saw

 @Warfighter_971 Wow, didn't know people were not allowed to have their own opinions about a game without being insulted.

mtabzr
mtabzr

 @cjburnfist look who's racist then, "nobody wants a russian to be the main character for GTA again"! Do they give you creeps? no matter what you'd say, Niko was a hell of a way better than CJ. Spanish accented would be great for V.

adilejaz
adilejaz

 @ji99saw Then just give your opinion!! do not try to influence others "dont buy it". my as*