Max Payne 1 and 2 will get the remake treatment

Posted on April 7, 2022

Remedy Entertainment, who are hard at work on the upcoming Alan Wake sequel, have announced that they have entered into an agreement with Rockstar Games to remake Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.

Max Payne was released way back in 2001, with the sequel coming two years later in 2003. This seems like eons ago, especially in the gaming world where advancements in tech and gaming engines move at a fast pace. So the thought of seeing these titles remade in the Northlight engine – which powered Control – is going to be amazing.

This announcement was released on Remedy’s Twitter account, with a link to an investor’s notice providing a little more detail about the project.

In the announcement to their investors, founder of Rockstar Games Sam Houser stated, “We were thrilled when our long-time friends at Remedy approached us about remaking the original Max Payne games… We are massive fans of the work the Remedy team has created over the years, and we can’t wait to play these new versions.”

It seems like both companies are all in on these remakes, which is a great sign for fans of the Max Payne franchise as Remedy will be in charge of developing the titles, whilst Rockstar will foot the development budget which is stated to “be in line with a typical Remedy AAA-game production”. All of this should mean that this isn’t a simple cash grab, and knowing the work Remedy puts into each of their titles, we could be in for a real treat.

The Max Payne series is well-known for popularising the “Bullet Time” mechanic in games, allowing the player to dive in any direction in slow motion whilst shooting at enemies, and for its detective noir storytelling approach. There was even a Hollywood film made with Mark Wahlberg, but the less said about that the better.

There is currently little known about these remakes as they are still in an early concept stage, but they will be released as a single title on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. Seeing as this was just announced, I would wager we are still a while away from seeing any footage or getting further news, but it is nonetheless an exciting prospect to look forward to.