Max Payne 3 Delayed to That Month When Rockstar Usually Releases Games Anyway

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Posted by Alex (2366 posts) -

Perhaps hoping to finally affix a permanent brand to the month of May after two previous successful launches in the month, Rockstar Games has today announced that Max Payne 3 has slipped from its original release date this March to the month in which Rockstar has typically released its games over the last few years.

I'm gonna be running a little late...

The reason for the slipped date wasn't given (it never is, really), but it's not altogether surprising given the generally slippery nature of Max Payne's development history to date, not to mention the previous successes Rockstar has had launching titles in and around the month of May. Both Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire all but owned the month in terms of sales upon their releases, and while Grand Theft Auto IV technically came out at the very end of April, its sales numbers through the month of May acted like a flag of ownership, planted firmly in the month's dirt to scare away any other would-be claimants.

Now Max Payne 3, a sequel with a lengthy and somewhat contentious--at least insofar as fans are concerned--development history will be the latest title in the publisher's catalog to claim May in the name of Kings Houser. Whether or not the move will make Max Payne 3 as successful as the publisher's previous releases remains to be seen, but it absolutely can't hurt, considering it's just slipped out of a month that includes the releases of Mass Effect 3, Street Fighter x Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3, something like a dozen different Silent Hill games, and oh hell let's just assume Diablo III too, because hey, it could happen, right?

#1 Posted by Alex (2366 posts) -

Perhaps hoping to finally affix a permanent brand to the month of May after two previous successful launches in the month, Rockstar Games has today announced that Max Payne 3 has slipped from its original release date this March to the month in which Rockstar has typically released its games over the last few years.

I'm gonna be running a little late...

The reason for the slipped date wasn't given (it never is, really), but it's not altogether surprising given the generally slippery nature of Max Payne's development history to date, not to mention the previous successes Rockstar has had launching titles in and around the month of May. Both Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire all but owned the month in terms of sales upon their releases, and while Grand Theft Auto IV technically came out at the very end of April, its sales numbers through the month of May acted like a flag of ownership, planted firmly in the month's dirt to scare away any other would-be claimants.

Now Max Payne 3, a sequel with a lengthy and somewhat contentious--at least insofar as fans are concerned--development history will be the latest title in the publisher's catalog to claim May in the name of Kings Houser. Whether or not the move will make Max Payne 3 as successful as the publisher's previous releases remains to be seen, but it absolutely can't hurt, considering it's just slipped out of a month that includes the releases of Mass Effect 3, Street Fighter x Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3, something like a dozen different Silent Hill games, and oh hell let's just assume Diablo III too, because hey, it could happen, right?

#2 Posted by Rave (375 posts) -

that sucks

#3 Posted by Donos (1197 posts) -

The person in that screenshot should not be handling that rifle.

#4 Posted by Crunchman (396 posts) -

This is really good news. I can't wait to wait.

#5 Posted by Crunchman (396 posts) -

@Donos: Anya! How do I hold this thing?

#6 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -

Rockstar doesn't release bad games, but I wonder if this game has any hope of living up to the hype.

#7 Edited by DharmaBum (1049 posts) -

Now the real question; where does this put GTA V?

#8 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5456 posts) -

Good! Too many games I want too close together.

#9 Posted by MarcusCoxus (29 posts) -

@Lebensbaum said:

Now the real question; where does this put GTA V?

I bet GTA V will be a May 2013 game, I thought that the moment they announced it.

#10 Posted by spazmaster666 (1978 posts) -

@Lebensbaum said:

Now the real question; where does this put GTA V?

May 2013.

#11 Posted by weegieanawrench (1943 posts) -

As expected. Rockstar owns April/May.

#12 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

I knew this was an Alex article.

#13 Posted by Alex_Carrillo (282 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre: As did I. And I quickly rushed in here.

#14 Posted by numberThirtyOne (86 posts) -

As always, you can tell it's an Alex article just by the title.

#15 Posted by Brake (1117 posts) -

Oh thank god. There's already Mass Effect 3, SFxT and maybe Diablo 3 in March. So any potentially interesting game not coming out in March is kind of a relief.

#16 Posted by TheShrubber (73 posts) -

Hey, just a quick correction: the game is set in São Paulo, not Rio de Janeiro.

Source: Brazilian guy (not Blanka)

#17 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

I'm kind of glad it's been pushed. I'm going to be busy playing Mass Effect 3 anyway. Still, I am actually really excited to play it.

#18 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6309 posts) -

VERY BALD!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! GET IT?!?! BECAUSE HE LACKS HAIR ON HIS HEAD!!!!!

#19 Posted by abara (229 posts) -

the music for this game is being done by that band HEALTH

#20 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@TheShrubber said:

Hey, just a quick correction: the game is set in São Paulo, not Rio de Janeiro.

Source: Brazilian guy (not Blanka)

This. 
But, i mean, with so much favelas and not so much rain, it really looks more like Rio than São Paulo. 
#21 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4738 posts) -

@numberThirtyOne said:

As always, you can tell it's an Alex article just by the title.

lol I know right. They always make me laugh though

#22 Posted by Winternet (8035 posts) -

@abara said:

the music for this game is being done by that band HEALTH

Is it? If so, that's amazing!

#23 Posted by Swoxx (3006 posts) -

I'd rather have it delayed and fixed than early and broken so I'm fine with this.

#24 Posted by TeenageJesusSuperstar (171 posts) -

@MarcusCoxus: Agreed, I think this delay definitely pushes that game out of this holiday season and in to early next year.

#25 Posted by outerabiz (666 posts) -

@TheShrubber said:

Hey, just a quick correction: the game is set in São Paulo, not Rio de Janeiro.

Source: Brazilian guy (not Blanka)

pics or your source is Blanka

#26 Posted by KoolAid (1005 posts) -

With the exception of that first magazine cover, everything I've seen about this has looked amazing. Here's hoping the extra time makes it even better.

#27 Posted by Vitor (2829 posts) -

@TheShrubber said:

Hey, just a quick correction: the game is set in São Paulo, not Rio de Janeiro.

Source: Brazilian guy (not Blanka)

I giggled at the specificity in which you ended you post.

Sincerely,

another Brazilian guy (not Eddy Gordo)

#28 Posted by Hector (3375 posts) -

Max Payne 3 in the spring and hopefully GTA V in the winter!

Online
#29 Posted by Sander (414 posts) -

Navarro wins it again

#30 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

Please do not suck.

#31 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

FUCK!!!!!!

#32 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Sad to hear that this will get delayed. This certainly means that GTA V will be released next year. This was probably obvious to a lot of people, but I still had my hopes up. Oh well!

#33 Posted by RetroVirus (1486 posts) -

Another excellent Alex article.

#34 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic said:

FUCK!!!!!!

Haha! This was my knee-jerk reaction.
#35 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Alex said:

[...] contentious--at least insofar as fans are concerned-

-development [...]

Wanted: em dash support for Parchment v2.

#36 Posted by kennybaese (679 posts) -

Good, now I'll actually have time to play it. I have no actual experience with Max Payne, but what I've seen so far from this game seems rad, so I'm in.

#37 Posted by Anwar (886 posts) -

@Winternet said:

@abara said:

the music for this game is being done by that band HEALTH

Is it? If so, that's amazing!

The Housers are pretty good with picking music, after all they wanted to get in the music industry first. Oh and *cough*ROCKSTAR* *cough*

#38 Posted by FoxMulder (1709 posts) -

FORGOT TO ADD THE NOIR DERRRRRRR

#39 Posted by RedRavN (414 posts) -

I want this game so bad. The two max payne games really had a great story and atmosphere and were wicked fun as well. I wonder what direction rockstar will take with it.

#40 Posted by IkariNoTekken (990 posts) -

Ugh, this just gives me more time to doubt my decision to pre-order the special edition.

I could cancel it and buy 2 and half games for that price. It's Max Payne though so its okay to spend £100 on it, right?

#41 Posted by CornBREDX (5828 posts) -

I'm not excited for this game at all, but at the same time I hope it maintains the Max Payne charm. I doubt it will- but then again Rockstar has been on a good roll the last couple of years so I want to give it a chance. 
Date change just means more polish (assumedly anyway) which is always nice.

#42 Posted by Kiri90 (261 posts) -

I'm okay with having to wait. Now it'll come out the week before finals, meaning one week later will be Max Payne time. ;)

#43 Posted by wumbo3000 (999 posts) -

My birthday's in May so...yay!

#44 Posted by BatmanBatman (432 posts) -

I live in São Paulo O/

#45 Posted by Ciao (16 posts) -

Interested to see how Max Payne 3 turns out.

#46 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

As soon as I saw the news this morning, I was hit with sadness. One less awesome thing to look forward to on my birthday this year. Oh well, I've still got ME3, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Silent Hill HD Collection. :D

#47 Posted by pweidman (2355 posts) -

Not a problemo. Between ME3 and Reckoning, I won't have time anyway. Syndicate might cover the shooter itch for now too. May sounds good to me.

#48 Posted by dvorak (1497 posts) -

In the names of Kings Houser, I Knight thee Sir Navarro.

#49 Posted by Stackboy (509 posts) -

I am fine with this. Was originally travelling on the release date so the move to May is fine with me.

#50 Posted by RoyaleWifCheese (559 posts) -

I knew they wouldn't make a March release.

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