Max Payne Remakes Confirmed For PC & Next-Gen

Respawn have just announced their agreement with Rockstar to remake Max Payne 1 and Max Payne 2 for PC and next-gen consoles. Here's everything we know so far.
Max Payne Remake
Imagine the old Bullet Time feature on next-gen consoles... | © Rockstar / Sony

Rockstar, the original creators of Max Payne, have earned themselves a poor reputation when it comes to remastering older games. So perhaps it's best that they just focus on making GTA 6, especially now they have multiple locations to put together. That's why we're delighted to inform you that it's actually Remedy Entertainment who will be remaking the Max Payne games, and not Rockstar. Here's what we know so far.

Remakes For Max Payne 1 & Max Payne 2

Respawn Entertainment have entered an agreement with Rockstar to remake Max Payne 1, and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. The project is said to be triple-A, and is being described more as a ground-up remake rather than a digital remaster. Here's how they described the project in their recent press release:

Under the development agreement signed today, Remedy will develop the games as a single title for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S using its proprietary Northlight game engine. The game’s development budget will be financed by Rockstar Games, the size of which will be in line with a typical Remedy AAA-game production.

Bundling the two games together into a single title is the best way they could have approached this. Modern gamers expect a typical game to last far longer than it did twenty years ago. The original Max Payne would only take about ten hours to complete, so it would leave fans feeling cheated these days (like the poorly-received conceived FFVII remake which broke the original into three parts).

We're also hugely excited that the game is coming to next-gen and PC on launch, rather than us having to wait an extra year to get the PC version of the game, like we normally do with Rockstar. The power of modern systems could make a feature like Bullet Time as satisfying as chucking Kratos' axe. Needless to say, we're hyped.

Until then, why not check out this year's Game of the Year?