It has been announced that Remedy Entertainment, – the studio behind Max Payne and Max Payne 2, – are currently working on a current-gen remake of those two classic titles. The upcoming Max Payne remake is still in the “concept development stage” according to the announcement made by Remedy yesterday, (the sixth of April.)
There were a few more details unveiled in the statement announcing the project. The two classic games will be packaged together and sold as a single title in a similar vein to how Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 was released back in 2020. The remake will make use of Remedy’s Northlight engine for development. This is the same engine that was used in the development of both Control and Quantum Break.
Another interesting facet of information which came with this announcement was the fact that Rockstar will be the ones financing this remake after a deal which Remedy struck with Rockstar Games. This deal means that Rockstar will take all of the money earned by the remake upon its release, until all development and marketing costs have been made back. Remedy will then be given a, “royalty opportunity,” to receive any additional money that the remake brings in.
CEO of Remedy Entertainment; Tero Virtala also made a personal statement regarding the remake to go along with the company announcement.
The Max Payne series has always held a special place in the hearts of everyone at Remedy, and we know the millions of fans worldwide feel the same. 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.
Co-founder of Rockstar Games; Sam Houser also made a statement regarding the project.
Rockstar Games are massive fans of the work the Remedy team has created over the years, and we can’t wait to play these new versions.
The original two games in crime-noir series, which will be included in this remake were developed by Remedy Entertainment, though Max Payne 3 was developed by Rockstar Games. It is notable that the original studio behind these games are also the studio developing the remake, as this is not always the case.
At the time of writing, the remake of Max Payne and Max Payne 2 has not been given a release date, though we do know that it is set to drop on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S whenever it does release.
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In the meantime, please enjoy what might be my favourite video on YouTube; A Day In The Life Of Max Payne. (Video by timtimfed)