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Max Payne 1 and 2 remake update from Remedy signals project progress

We're all awaiting the Max Payne 1 and 2 remake release date, and now, developer Remedy Entertainment offers an update on the Rockstar co-developed project.

Sam Lake in the game Max Payne

Remedy Entertainment raised the bar for third-person shooter games when Max Payne hit the scene. The troubled detective has spawned more adventures, with Rockstar Games developing 2012’s Max Payne 3 as a solo effort. Now, the Max Payne 1 and 2 remake project from both parties is gaining traction, following a brand new update within the latest Remedy Entertainment annual report.

The report, which is available on the official Remedy Entertainment website, details the Max Payne 1 and 2 remakes in further detail. On page 26, the report explains “in 2022, the game was in the concept development stage, with a small team focused on the core of any successful product, the gameplay.”

While the Max Payne 1 and 2 remake release date remains elusive, the update indicates that development is still early on, but trucking along nonetheless. Elsewhere, the annual report provides further details, including a reiteration that it won’t be split into two separate games.

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“Remedy Entertainment is remaking Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne video games under a new development agreement made on April 6, 2022, with Rockstar Games […] under the development agreement, Remedy develops the games a single title for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S,” the report clarifies.

Rockstar Games, in collaboration with Grove Street Games, released the highly maligned GTA: Definitive Edition trilogy, as three separate applications in one package. Speculatively, it is likely that the Max Payne remakes could adopt a similar approach. The document details that the project will utilise the same game engines as Control 2 and Alan Wake 2, which is known as Remedy’s “proprietary Northlight technology and tool-set.”

Max Payne 3 saw players bid farewell to the iconic anti-hero, though the possibility of a fourth game is still possible. However, with the juggernaut that is GTA 6 set to emerge in the future and GTA Online producing mountains of cash, the incentive for a fourth entry isn’t a priority for Rockstar Games currently. At least we’ll be getting that excellent Max Payne 3 vinyl soundtrack soon, though.

We’ve got the Alan Wake 2 release date to count down the seconds too, which could be one of the best Remedy games to release yet. After all, it is among the ranks of upcoming PS5 games to get hyped for.