Max Payne 3 delayed, new release date May 15

Max Payne doesn't take kindly to being pushed around, but he may have to bite the bullet this time around as Take-Two Interactive has announced it is shoving the release of Max Payne 3 back until May.

Originally slated to debut “sometime in March 2012”, Rockstar's sequel will now arrive for PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 15 in North America, and May 18 internationally; with a PC release to follow on May 29 in North America, and June 1 internationally.

“We do not take changes to our release schedule lightly, and this short delay will ensure that Max Payne 3 delivers the highest quality, groundbreaking entertainment experience that is expected from our Company,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two in the release.

The decision to move Max Payne 3 out of Take-Two's Q4 fiscal 2012 period means the company is now anticipating a net revenue loss of up to $230 million for the complete fiscal 2012 year. Reversely, Zelnick noted Max Payne 3's addition to its fiscal 2013 line-up will pay off big time down the road, explaining, “With Max Payne 3 now slated for May, our robust lineup of upcoming releases for fiscal 2013 is even stronger, including BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, XCOM, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and other titles yet to be announced for release that year...We are well positioned to deliver growth and profitability over the long term.”

Perhaps the team at Rockstar will be able to implement whatever changes Remedy suggested, since the original Max Payne dev was testing the game. In the short-term, you can spend the delay reading our ongoing coverage of Max Payne 3, including GR's most recent sit-down with Rockstar's VP of product development, Jeronimo Barrera.


  • IceBlueKirby - January 17, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    Gives me time to play through the first two. I recently bought them but I've only played the first one a little, though I like what I've played so far, so if I finish both of them I'll surely get the third one.
  • Redeater - January 17, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Take all the time you want old friend! I don't want to be subjected to Dead Island syndrome!
  • birdman1041 - January 17, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    "Good things come to those who wait."
  • BladedFalcon - January 17, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    Well, I am definitely excited for this game. But I have no problem waiting a couple extra months if it means it will be better polished. Besides, that gives me more time to focus on the games I currently have and haven't yet played, (which are plenty >>;) And like some have pointed out: ME3. I'll definitely will want to have time to dedicate my full attention to that game, before looking at anything else.
  • kingsmikefan - January 17, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    they never planned to release it in March. Red Dead, L.A. Noire were both delayed to May. This is Rockstar's month.
  • TheCanadianTimmay! - January 17, 2012 10 a.m.

    Surprised by the delay? I'm not. Max might actually stand a chance now whereas before it would have been stampeded by Mass Effect 3 sales easy.
  • bboyd - January 17, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    Definitely. Especially once you factor in the massive ME3 ad blitz that I would wager to hit soon.
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - January 17, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Add GTA V (should it come out Holiday 2012 or early 2013) and you're looking at stockholders in 2k being very happy. Just looks like a smart business move to take a loss this year but to post amazing gains for next year.

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