Max Payne 3 About


12 years after the event of Max Payne 2, Max finds himself in Sao Paolo, Brazil - where security work is plentiful but the risks are high. When murder and betrayal dog his every step, Max is once again thrust into the heart of a brutal city with nothing but his weapons and his instincts in a desperate search for truth and a way out.

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The first announcement:

Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Max Payne 3 is currently in development and scheduled for a winter 2009 release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, Max Payne 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence.

The award-winning Max Payne franchise put players in the role of Max Payne, a hard-boiled New York City detective with a penchant for violence, out to avenge the death of his family. The latest installment delivers more of the classic elements and hyper-intense action that fans have come to love, while moving the story of Max in a new direction.

"We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "This is Max as we've never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation."

Since leaving the NYPD and New York itself behind, Max has drifted from bad to worse. Doube-crossed and a long way from home, Max is now trapped in a city full of violence and bloodshed, using his weapons and instincts in a desperate search for the truth and a way out.



Since the original Max Payne 3 announcement (which can be seen above), we have gotten some new information from Game Informer.

  • Max's appearance has drastically changed - now he is bald and bearded
  • Max is now addicted to pain killers - and this has an affect on the gameplay.
  • The game takes place in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Max Payne 3 looks (visually) very similar to Uncharted 2, with vibrant colors and fully destructible environments - powered by Rockstar’s RAGE engine and a procedural animation system (probably Natural Motion's euphoria engine as seen in GTA IV)
  • We can expect many gunfights in urban ghetto Latin American neighborhoods with plenty of new weapons.
  • Bullet Time returns, and this time will be a lot more visceral and ultra-violent.
  • Online multiplayer modes are confirmed.
  • The game takes place 12 years after Max Payne 2.


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