Max Payne will return to screens next year in Max Payne 3 but he won’t be backed by the game’s original developers, Remedy Entertainment. But while the team has moved on to the likes of Alan Wake, they were still available to at least consult Rockstar on this latest entry.
Jeronimo Barrera, VP of product development at Rockstar revealed as much to Gamespot (via). “They’ve been extremely supportive of our work,” he said. “Staying true to each core element of Max was always a major focus, and that’s actually something that we discussed with Remedy during development.”
This revelation should go some way to reassuring fans that are worried about the upcoming sequel. “The game is very true to the original games in terms of gameplay, aesthetics, and visual and narrative themes, although [it’s] updated to take advantage of the past nine years of game development,” said Barrera.
“Yes, it has moved from a wet or snowy corrupt vision of New York to a sometimes wet and equally corrupt vision of a booming modern-day Brazil, but I don’t think they are otherwise that different.”
He continued along that line of comparisons, stating: “Throughout development, we have always worked to maintain and evolve the elements that have made the Max Payne series so beloved and so groundbreaking.
“All these things are present in some way or other in Max Payne 3, along with several other elements from the original games,” Barrera said. “Although all have evolved significantly since the last game, as it would be odd if they hadn’t!”
It’s clearly a priority of Rockstar’s to shut down any nay-saying about this next entry, then.
Max Payne 3 will launch in March 2012.