Now that Max Payne 3 has been given an official release date (March 2012), it seems that Rockstar are more than happy to get the hype bandwagon up to speed for their latest release. The developer’s official Twitter feed seems happy to answer questions on the title, confirming that the game will use the Euphoria physics engine and that despite earlier talk of a replacement for the now older Max, voice actor James McCaffrey will be returning (in full performance capture too). Requests for a gameplay trailer have been rather less succesful, but Rockstar is hinting at the possibility of one soon, giving a non-committal response that any politician would be proud of – “We’ll have lots more on Max Payne 3 in the weeks ahead.”
The newest screenshots to surface for the game show off yet more of Max in action, whilst giving nothing much away other than at some point he gets a haircut! Alongside the pre and post haircut shots (hair = sophisticated suit, bald = ass kicker’s dirty white vest) there is also some great looking boxart showing off a bit of the new Brazillian setting. The woman on the front is presumably Fabiana, the trophy wife of the wealthy industrialist whose family Max is protecting…
“Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.”
With a multiplayer mode included it certainly looks like Rockstar is dragging the franchise into the modern shooter world as best it can, but the Max Payne games have always been about an atmospheric single player experience, so hopefully that will still get all the attention it deserves. So what do you think of the game so far? Can it ever do enough to knock that movie out of your mind? Stay tuned for more Max Payne 3 news as it hits.