Remedy Entertainment has confirmed that a Max Payne remake is in development; in fact, it will be a two-in-one deal as both remakes for Max Payne and Max Payne 2 will be bundled together into a single package for PS5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC.
What we know so far about the Max Payne and Max Payne 2 remakes
According to an investors press release, Remedy and Rockstar have entered into a partnership where Rockstar will handle the funding while Remedy will handle the game’s development. Rockstar founder Sam Houser is excited to see what these two companies can do with these upcoming remakes:
We were thrilled when our long-time friends at Remedy approached us about remaking the original Max Payne games. We are massive fans of the work the Remedy team has created over the years and we can’t wait to play these new versions.
Both remakes will be made using Remedy Entertainment’s in-house Northlight engine which saw its use for both Control and Quantum Break.
It is still unclear to what extent Remedy will be revamping the Max Payne games, though the choice of words makes it seem as though it is not simply a graphical remastering but a gameplay overhaul of some sort.
Moreover, Remedy CEO Tero Virtala said in the press release that he wants to “bring the story, action and atmosphere of the original Max Payne games back to players in new ways.” Given that the size of the budget would seem to be on par with other AAA titles, this project is leaning in the direction of a full remake for both Max Payne titles.
In other news, former Call of Duty developers seem to be creating a studio which they want to be acquired by Sony, and the director for Days Gone has joined Crystal Dynamics for an undisclosed project.