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Max Payne 3 Delayed Beyond October

Blame Red Dead Redemption.

At least we were ready for another Max Payne 3 delay. During Take-Two's financial conference call yesterday, the publisher revealed that the shooter would be pushed back beyond October 31 (via Joystiq), making good on its own speculation that one big Take-Two fiscal 2010 release could be delayed.  

The reason? Later in the call, CEO Ben Feder said Red Dead Redemption taught Take-Two a lesson about giving titles time enough in the oven to "fulfill [their] potential in the marketplace." He added that Rockstar is "focused on making this the best experience in interactive entertainment"--big words for a crowd of listeners consisting of investors, analysts, and media folk.

In happier news, Max Payne 3's delay comes with news that Mafia II, L.A. Noire and Civilization V are all still on schedule to be released by the end of October. Mafia II is likely to be the first of the bunch. It's slated for release on August 26 on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. A demo should drop that month, too, according to what was said during the thrilling call. 
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Posted by BradNicholson

At least we were ready for another Max Payne 3 delay. During Take-Two's financial conference call yesterday, the publisher revealed that the shooter would be pushed back beyond October 31 (via Joystiq), making good on its own speculation that one big Take-Two fiscal 2010 release could be delayed.  

The reason? Later in the call, CEO Ben Feder said Red Dead Redemption taught Take-Two a lesson about giving titles time enough in the oven to "fulfill [their] potential in the marketplace." He added that Rockstar is "focused on making this the best experience in interactive entertainment"--big words for a crowd of listeners consisting of investors, analysts, and media folk.

In happier news, Max Payne 3's delay comes with news that Mafia II, L.A. Noire and Civilization V are all still on schedule to be released by the end of October. Mafia II is likely to be the first of the bunch. It's slated for release on August 26 on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. A demo should drop that month, too, according to what was said during the thrilling call. 
Edited by i83N

Sad 
EDIT: First!

Edited by weegieanawrench

FUCK
 
EDIT: Okay, I'll take Mafia then.

Posted by Milkman

What else is new?

Posted by Vlaphor

... about giving titles enough time in the oven to "fulfill [their] potential in the marketplace."
 
In other words, they plan to spend more than five minutes doing bug-testing this time

Posted by takua108

No Portal 2, potentially no Max Payne 3... man, this fall is getting thinner and thinner.

Posted by Winternet

As long as Max Payne 3 delivers, I'm ok.

Posted by ZmillA

this is great news, I WANT max payne 3 to succeed

Posted by omgmetalgear

sad face.

Posted by phrosnite

Now I'll have time to finish the first two games before this comes out...

Posted by teh_destroyer

I forgot about this game, if Alan Wake has taught me anything. Max Payne 3 should be fucking awesome.

Posted by mosdl
@teh_destroyer said:
" I forgot about this game, if Alan Wake has taught me anything. Max Payne 3 should be fucking awesome. "
Different developers...
Posted by Cybexx

Not sad at all about this. I am a huge Max Payne fan, both games rank really high on my all time favorites list but I don't want them to push out an unfinished game. Bad games are bad forever and I don't want them to throw the franchise to the dogs so that the investors are happy, because the investors are always really short sighted. 
 
I also am not expecting it to be a Remedy style Max Payne either. I'm half expecting this to be open world but then what really sets it apart from GTA, bullet time? I love Bully and that had a long development cycle, I have faith that Rockstar Vancouver will bring out something really cool when they are ready and I am happy that Red Dead Redemption helped Rockstar see it was worth taking the time to polish.

Posted by ZmillA
@mosdl said:
" @teh_destroyer said:
" I forgot about this game, if Alan Wake has taught me anything. Max Payne 3 should be fucking awesome. "
Different developers... "

so was RDR and that turned out great
Posted by Zen313

Great. the game needed to be pushed back. That guy is NOT Max Payne in my mind.

Posted by Creamypies

I reckon it needs the delay. They need all the time in the world to live up to expectations.

Posted by Robitt
@Cybexx said:
" I'm half expecting this to be open world but then what really sets it apart from GTA, bullet time?  "
Dude, I cringed at that thought. Max Payne for me is all about the focused guided action experience. I can't see this game benefiting anything from being openworld. Then again, I'm no gamedeveloper.
Posted by LtColJaxson
@ZmillA said:
" @mosdl said:
" @teh_destroyer said:
" I forgot about this game, if Alan Wake has taught me anything. Max Payne 3 should be fucking awesome. "
Different developers... "
so was RDR and that turned out great "
I think you missed his point. Alan Wake is made by Remedy and Max Payne 3 is made by Rockstar - they don't coincide to mean that both have to be great games. 
 
Whereas RDR and Max Payne 3 make more sense.
Posted by Hitchenson
Posted by ZmillA
@LtColJaxson said:
" @ZmillA said:
" @mosdl said:
" @teh_destroyer said:
" I forgot about this game, if Alan Wake has taught me anything. Max Payne 3 should be fucking awesome. "
Different developers... "
so was RDR and that turned out great "
I think you missed his point. Alan Wake is made by Remedy and Max Payne 3 is made by Rockstar - they don't coincide to mean that both have to be great games.   Whereas RDR and Max Payne 3 make more sense. "
I see, most preposterous indeed.
Posted by HandsomeDead

I like to think Alan Wake contains the true ending to Max Payne as well as implying Remedy really don't like the idea behind it, so I can't wait for this to get cancelled.

Posted by Olivaw

After playing Red Dead Redemption to it's conclusion and being fucking stunned at how good a narrative it was, I now have complete faith in Rockstar to at least produce a Max Payne game that tells some kind of worthwhile story, even if it might not be in the genre-tastic stylings of Sam Lake.
 
Plus RDR also convinced me that they can make a shooter that looks, sounds, and feels solid and powerful, which is important to a Max Payne game!
 
And I don't even give a shit about the delay because FUCKING LA NOIRE IS STILL COMING OUT. I long for it's sweet and tender embraces.

Posted by removesstains

Man they need to start calling the week before E3 "Delay week". these announcements should come after E3 not before.

Posted by JJOR64

If this delay makes the game better, I'm alright with the delay.

Posted by Bionicicide

 Never expected it this year... more surprised that L.A. Noire isn't getting a delay, especially with Mafia II getting more coverage and under their belt. Weird.

Posted by Fjordson

After how incredible Red Dead was, they can take all the time they need.

Posted by Kazona

If the extra time is really spent on making the game the best it can be, then I am all for the delay.

Posted by Cheapoz

That's okay. Because early 2011 is going to be fairly free and open, just like early 2010.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

haha lookit Max he's got an old man belly

Posted by EvanFavreau

I'm ok as long as they take the extra time to make it an actual Max Payne game.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

fuck

Posted by jakob187

The delay is fine.  Rockstar is quickly becoming the new Blizzard and Valve when it comes to release dates.  However, all three of those companies pump out quality almost every single time.  Can't complain. 
 
Also, I was unaware that L.A. Noire was going to be out THIS YEAR!  Fuck, that's awesome.  Definitely looking forward to that game.

Posted by Korwin

Still can't say I'm excited about another developer taking over Max Payne, the moment you give a franchise to a different developer is the moment it looses a little piece of what makes it great.

Posted by Stonyman65

Oh great another delay for Duke Nukem forever...
 
wha.. opps sorry I meant max payne 3 ;D

Posted by PJ

I still have serious doubts that Rockstar Vancouver can make a Max Payne game that has even an oz of the same personality of the first two games. Remedy can do games whit it, so far RSV can't.

Posted by SPACETURTLE

No that surprised really

Posted by NTM

From the look of it, I can't see Max Payne 3, being nearly as great as the last two. Plus, why does he look like every other plain character? The guy from Manhunt, Sam Fisher from Double Agent, etc. He needs to be in his black jacket shaggy black hair and what have you. Otherwise it's less unique by todays standards.
Posted by Rowr

This is a good thing.

Posted by CornBREDX

The look and setting of Max Payne 3 makes me completely not interested. On top of that, Remedy is not involved. It has sealed its fate.
Posted by Floppypants

Everyone knows that Rockstar is one of world's best game development studios.  Their most recent game, Red Dead Redemption, is a masterpiece.  Max Payne is a fantastic, critically acclaimed franchise.  I don't think there's any doubt that Max Payne 3 is going to be GOTY-caliber when it's done.  Whenever the game hits shelves, I'm buying it.  They can take as long as they need.

Posted by ch3burashka

I'm disappointed, although this was to be expected: apart from the 10+ screens and a single GameInformer article, there has been no news, no vidocs and no other screens. I only hope that this delay helps to better the final game, unlike Alpha Protocol's delay.

Posted by c1337us

I am not impatient to play Max Payne 3. Take as long as you want.

Posted by TheSmilingDude

Max Payne delayed.. Talking about Deja Vu.

Edited by MeatSim

Why don't you just come and get me when your game is done then I will take a look at it.

Posted by niamahai

who is making Max Payne 3? is it some Rockstar studio or Take2 internal studio?
 
I can see Max Payne bullet-time system being a hard sell on the console, when cover based shooter is all the rage.

imo despite being GTA's "off year", Take2 did reallly good for 2010.

Posted by Ratfoot

Good I need more time to wrap up 2.

Posted by Hashbrowns

 
Max Payne 3 might be a great game, but if it's not made by Remedy and written by Sam Lake then it's not really Max Payne at all.  It's just bald-guy action game.

Posted by Bouke

oh really!? People like your game better if its polished instead of buggy!? That's CRAZY!!
Posted by schizogony
I WAS LIKE WTH IS ROCKSTAR VANCOVER