Surprise from Finland: Remedy has started developing remakes of its two action classics Max Payne and Max Payne 2. Remedy and publisher Rockstar want to combine both games in a new complete work. The new version will be released for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.
That was unexpected: In a simple Twitter notification, the Finnish studio Remedy announced the return of Max Payne. Both the first part Max Payne (2001) and the successor Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003) are newly developed as complete remakes. Both games should be bundled into a single title. Remedy and publisher Rockstar Games are renewing a relationship that began 21 years ago with the first Max Payne. “We were thrilled when our old friends at Remedy suggested making remakes of the original Max Payne games,” said Sam Houser, co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, in a public statement. “We’re huge fans of what Remedy has created over the years and can’t wait to play these new versions [of Max Payne].” Tero Virtala, CEO of Remedy, also said: “Max Payne has always had a special place in our hearts here at Remedy. And we know millions of fans feel the same way. We’re incredibly excited to be reunited with our partners to work together at Rockstar Games to bring back the story, action and atmosphere of the original Max Payne games in a new way.”
Max Payne 1&2 remakes are being developed for PC, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series S/X. Both games will be bundled into one complete work, so there will be one big title instead of two separate remakes. Remedy uses its own Northlight engine for development, which has already been used in games like Quantum Break or Control. The announced Alan Wake 2 will also be based on the Northlight engine. The budget should correspond to a typical AAA production by Remedy, with Rockstar Games financing. Note: So far there is no image material for the remakes, the project is still in the concept phase.
Release date: when will the remakes be released?
But you shouldn’t expect Max Payne‘s return that soon: The remake of Max Payne 1&2 is currently still in the concept phase. Until then, you can dig out Max Payne 3 again, which was released in 2012. At that time Rockstar had taken over the development itself, Remedy was no longer involved in the project.
The original Max Payne games garnered a huge following primarily for their innovative bullet-time slow-motion action and gritty storytelling. Both the first part and Max Payne 2 have received very good ratings and shaped many other action games with their stylish skirmishes.