Rockstar Games has slapped a March 2012 street date for Max
Payne 3 in North American and Europe. With the announcement comes new
screenshots and game art to tide Payne fans over during the final six-month
Said to be set roughly a decade after the events of 2003's
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, the upcoming sequel will find Max Payne
starting fresh as a private security specialist in Sao Paulo, but quickly
falling back into old habits (read: shooting people in the face and brooding).
See the older, wiser (?) Max Payne in action in these new images:
"Max Payne 3 gave us an amazing creative opportunity to
evolve one of our most iconic characters," said Sam Houser, Founder of
Rockstar Games in today's statement. "We're excited to show fans a modern
version of Max that pulls them back into his dark and twisted story."
Above: See more screenshots and the game's boxart in our gallery below
Over and above the single player campaign, Max Payne 3 will
be the first game in the series to feature a multiplayer component. According
to Rockstar, the online play will feature “a deep reward and leveling system”,
clans, load-out customization and an experience that will “dynamically alters
maps and mode progression for all players in a match.”
Max Payne has been out of the game for some time now, and
there's been a slew of third-person action heroes who have happily filled in
during his absence. Is it too late for this old man to make a comeback, or can
he still teach the younger generation a thing or two about … Payne (cue:
guitar riff, eye rolls)?