As much as I hate what Rockstar Games has become, this is pretty good news. The first two Max Payne games (Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne) will be getting a full on remake from Remedy Entertainment.
From the official press release, here’s what Remedy Entertainment had to say:
Remedy Entertainment, the creators of Max Payne, are pleased to announce that they will remake the iconic Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne video games in a new development agreement with Rockstar Games.
The relationship between Remedy and Rockstar Games dates back to the original release of the critically acclaimed Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne games, developed by Remedy and published by Rockstar Games. Both games left an indelible mark in popular culture, lauded for their neo-noir atmosphere, groundbreaking storytelling and “bullet-time” gunplay.
Under the development agreement signed today, Remedy will develop the games as a single title for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S using its proprietary Northlight game engine. The game’s development budget will be financed by Rockstar Games, the size of which will be in line with a typical Remedy AAA-game production. Under the agreement, Remedy has a royalty opportunity after Rockstar Games has recouped its development, marketing, and other costs for distributing and publishing the game.
The project is currently in the concept development stage.
Max Payne was one of my favorite gaming franchises that I loved growing up, so this is great that we’ll be getting remakes. Hopefully this will meet my expectation and doesn’t disappoint, especially when Rockstar Games has become so money hungry now. I guess time will tell.