Max Payne Is Coming Back With Remakes by Remedy

Remedy Entertainment will be remaking the games that made their name well known to the game industry, Max Payne.

The first Max Payne came out in 2001. It was the game that recognized Remedy Entertainment as one of the best game developers in the industry. At the time, their only previous work was Death Rally. Gathering of Developers published Max Payne.

The game stood out because of the gameplay mechanic “bullet time”, it captured the action and feel of being in The Matrix. The Matrix movie starring Keanu Reeves just came out a year before and it was a big inspiration for the game doing that slow motion action shots. This slow motion action was a major component in the game and it was highly addicting giving that feeling of being in an action movie. Remedy was able to make this mechanic feel important that it’s difficult to play the game without it.

Max Payne Is Coming Back With Remakes by Remedy

Max Payne Is Coming Back With Remakes by Remedy

Image: Gathering of Developers

The game won a very long list of awards including the Best PC Game in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Joystick Awards. It won Best Gimmick from GameSpy.  Gamespot also gave the game Best Story and Best Shooting Game. There are tons more from The Augusta Chronicle, Amazon.com, IGN, GamesDomain and more.

Rockstar Games published Remedy’s follow-up game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. It continued the story of Max Payne and improved a lot of the graphics. This time, the story was more of a love story between the main lead and Mona Sax, the woman from the previous game. Once again, it received critical acclaim and it won numerous awards. But Rockstar has reported that it was a commercial failure, which halted any plans of a future installment of another Max Payne game.

Nevertheless, the game was so popular that it brought forth a theatrical film adaptation. In 2008 with Marc Wahlberg as Max Payne and Mila Kunis as Mona Sax, directed by John Moore.

In 2012 Rockstar Games made Max Payne 3 without Remedy Entertainment. It maintained the “bullet time” mechanic which was introduced years ago with the original Max Payne. The third game was critically acclaimed as well.

Remedy has now announced that they will be remaking both Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.

Max Payne Is Coming Back With Remakes by Remedy

Max Payne Is Coming Back With Remakes by Remedy

Image: Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games’ Sam Houser said:

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.

Remedy Entertainment’s Tero Virtala said:

Max Payne 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.

The game will use Northlight Engine, which is the same game engine for their multi-award winning game, Control. Developers will release the remake on the PC, Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5. Rockstar Games will finance and publish the game.

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