Max Payne 3 to hit PCs, consoles next March


— 6:00 AM on September 9, 2011

Rockstar Games has been bringing up Max Payne 3 every so often for the past few years, and it seems the game is finally getting close to a release. The company announced yesterday that Max Payne 3 will be out some time in March 2012. That's the firmest estimate so far, at least. Wikipedia points out that the title was originally scheduled for a late 2009 launch, before being postponed to 2010, then again to 2011... and yet again after that.

If Rockstar manages to hit its target this time, gamers can look forward to a cross-platform release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Here's the Cliff's Notes version of what Mr. Payne has been up to since Max Payne 2 hit shelves in 2003:

Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

Unlike the first two Max Payne games, Max Payne 3 will supplement the single-player campaign with a multiplayer mode. Players will purportedly be able to enjoy a "deep reward and leveling system, persistent clans and multiple strategic load-out options."

Remedy Entertainment did a great job with the first two games, mixing addictive gameplay with a purposefully cheesy story that was part film noir, part comic book. Good stuff. I hope Rockstar Vancouver has managed to stay true to the Max Payne formula despite the change of scenery.

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