Take-Two confirms Max Payne 3

CEO Jeffrey Lapin says a third gritty shooter is in the works, but uncertainty surrounds the game's developer.


After Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne was released last autumn, its title sounded eerily prophetic.

Despite critical acclaim, the sequel to Rockstar's popular graphic-novel-inspired shooter barely broke NPD's top 10 best-selling PC games. In February, Jeffrey L. Lapin, CEO of Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive, went so far as to blame the publisher's lower-than-expected Q4 2003 earnings on Max Payne 2's lackluster sales.

Today, in Palm Beach, Florida, Lapin echoed those statements. "Max Payne [2] came out in November and did not do as well as we thought," he said. "In fact, it did fairly poorly compared to our expectations."

However, Lapin surprised some by confirming Take-Two's intent to make Max Payne 3. "There'll be another Max Payne," he said in a presentation at the 17th Annual Bear Stearns Media, Entertainment and Information Conference. "I think we'll take a few years to make the next one that much more spectacular is what we have to do. But it's clearly a brand that everybody knows."

Lapin's comments dispelled the clouds of doubt hanging over the third Max Payne game. Though some had seen Take-Two's registration of the URL www.maxpayne3.com as proof the game was coming out, others pointed out that the URL was registered in 2002, long before Max Payne 2 was even released.

While Max Payne 3 is now all but officially announced, confusion has emerged over who is developing the game. While the first two Max Payne games were developed by Finland-based Remedy Games, Lapin made no mention of them in his comments today. Adding to the uncertainty was a post on Shacknews.com from someone claiming to be Mikael Kasurinen, one of Max Payne 2's level designers. "FYI: We are not making Max Payne 3," read the terse post.

Efforts to contact Remedy were unfruitful as of press time. A Rockstar representative contacted by GameSpot said he had no knowledge that plans for Max Payne 3 were underway, let alone who was developing it.

GameSpot will update this story as developments warrant.

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It's been 8 years! Pachter was right.

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well, we've known for a while that it IS coming! I don't like this new gritty, bald bearded Max. He looks nothing like the Max Payne we know.

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make a pc version superior thats what i want

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If they do I hope pc isn't an afterthought. MAX 1+2 are a pc classic....just dont ruin it.

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Ultra, ultra, ultra, ulllllllllllllllllllllllllllltttttttttttttttrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaa BUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It's been 4 years.

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Max Payne 2 was an amazing game; if people didn't buy, it wasn't because it wasn't that good; its because there wasn't online so people just pirated the game and once they were done playing it they were done; no need to buy it.

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xXRorschachXx, why are you making up lies? Max Payne started on the PC.

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why would it be 360 only? started on the PS2 anyway.

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shishio817: "I really, REALLY, need them to make Max Payne 3, only make it for the 360." ARE YOU FRIIKIN CRAZY!

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I can wait.

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I really, REALLY, need them to make Max Payne 3, only make it for the 360. The original is one of the best games I've ever played.

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do you think it will come to ps2 or ps3? But better then adaptation, this time.

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Remedy. You have to make this game at all cost. Max Payne is my second favorite franchise ( Resident evil is my favorite )

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Oh please let it be true! Don't tease me!

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no console version? im really disappointed

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Remedy! Please be done by Remedy! They are the only ones who can do it justice!

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oh yeah! i love max payne! hopefully they would port this to all the of the next gen consoles =D it was dis heartening that they canceled the project, but thank god that its back!

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i want the maxpayne 3.....why they cancelled it!!!!! i really embarassed!!!

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Let it come out tomorrow, and out of its discreet shadows. Remedy made it in to its fortune, and remedy is paramount to it's gritty prevalence.

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i wish i woulda bought a 1000 copies of max payne 2 jsut to help em out for making such a kick ass game! seriously that games rag doll physics are still top notch in 07... please make a max payne 3 game for the next gen..

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Oh I wish Max Payne 3 was in production...

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Read Max Payne 2 news, you will see that there will be a new red revolver game(or something about that) and max payne 3. Go check it out!

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I cant belive there is no Max Payne 3! Its one of the best action games! I agree with Arab-man; It should actually take a step in next gen gaming. Remedy, 'sup with u?

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It says its been canceled :(

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thiswould be my most anticipated game....ever.

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I really hope a max payne 3 does come out as the first two games where great!

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Lets just hope they're delaying for the reason that they want people to really want to buy the game whenever it comes out.

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Good lord, start this series up, and take it to next Gen. Rockstar, comon.

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So whats up with Max Payne 3? One of my favorite series btw

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They should make Max Payne 3... there are much buyers! Try doing it for a console then, if they dont like it after all on pc because of bootleg.

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Wahhh!!, I need you, max!!

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I'm very saddened too. I really was hoping they would make the third one. I like many other games but Max Payne series has really addicted me. I love 1 and 2 so much that... that... I don't know what ill do without them. I hope somehow they make the third one.

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What? It Is Canceled? I Will Know The Reason:Just Because Remedy Ent. Is Trying To Develop A Game For Windows Vista

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let's turn our eyes to remedy's latest project: "Alan Wake"! if they canceled Max Payne 3 for this, this...Silent Hill-ish non-sense made with those Microsoft bastards...........

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Confirmed and cancelled? I don't get it. I know this article is like 3 years old but still... is it really cancelled?

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Coincidently I was cleaning out my closet that has a small box full of old console and PC games and came upon this, believe it or not I had forgotten I even had MP 1 & 2. Im currently in the process of playing back through both of them, and enjoying it. I realize this article is a few years old, but I like others would also love to see a part three or even a prequel. Also as someone else stated earlier, one possible reason, and maybe not the whole reason for lackluster sales, could be pirated copies, it makes sense, and its a total shame if thats the reason behind the sales. Here's to hoping that Take Two or someone at least drops a bombshell and officially announces this as coming out, Id rather see this than Duke Nukem Forever.

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Please make this game. I absolutely fell in love with the first rendition when "X-Box" had first came out. At first, I hated that console, but that was until I played this and "Halo"! I didn't really like the second installment, but if they revamp the story and make it completely dark for the next episode, I'd be down for that. Hell, as a writer, I wouldnn't mind to help "Sam Lake" with the story. I think that I could have some considerable ideas for a mixture of plots. Although, they may not be as brilliant as "Sam Lake's", I'd give a go at it. I think that this will almost definitely come into fruition once the movie is gotten done with. Until then, I will be waiting patiently as a die-hard fan. So, "Take-Two Interactive", please look at my post if you happen to stop by and "take-two" looks at this post before considering to overlook it. Believe me, you won't regret it.....

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I never been seen max payne 3.

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Max Payne 3 is delaying to much to be released, I see it was confirmed since 2004 and until now nothing is pronunciated, I think and hope the game come with the support of DirectX10 and the new graphic series (GeForce 8xxx) of Nvidia.

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max payne 1 was awesome with it's eerie storyline and its great gameplay. max payne 2 was alright, but lets not change the company's state of thought with our comments. lets let them concentrate on max payne 3, guys your doing a great job keep going

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I hope the actually come out with this. I loved the other two. I also hope they come out with the movie they promised in the case of max payne 1

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MP1 is like my favorite game i would love to see this game come out, and like Blaklyon said i hope it doesnt end up like Duke Nukem

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I heard that the game was canceled but, I hope and pray that it doesn't end up like duke nukem...

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awesome this is a fantastic series. I really hope it doesn't get stuck in dev hell...

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Sometimes I really wish to stop people from downloading games, instead of buying them. Max Payne 2 is one game many have, but not payed for.

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"FYI: We are not making Max Payne 3," Maybe it's a prequel?

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where are the pics man?This article is soooo old. It seems that the new Remedy game is a sort of 'spiritual successor' to MP 2.

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i wan maxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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