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Max Payne 3 is Rockstar’s Secret Project?

As I am sure many of you are aware by now, Rockstar recently teased us all in the latest issue of the Official Playstation Magazine. Rockstar stated that they are working on a “cool” new project based on a license so could this cool new game be Max Payne 3 – a game renowned for its icy setting?

Enough speculation, lets look at some facts.

The last Max Payne game was released to critical acclaim but average sales back in 2003 but since then there has been nothing but rumors suggesting a possible sequel – even one suggesting it will be out as early as next year. The ending sequence in the PC version even teased at the idea:

“Max Payne’s journey through the night will continue”

In May of this year Take-Two Interactive were keen to emphasize that the Payne franchise was in their portfolio and that the series has sold over 7 million copies to date. Not bad for a series consisting of only two titles and a Gameboy release all back in 2003. Now what game that has sold over 7 million copies does not get a sequel?

What better time to launch a sequel than when a movie stirs up all the love for the franchise again? The film, due for release this October, stars Mark Wahlberg as the eponymous hero and has already been met with some positive feedback after test screenings. The game would likely be announced near the time of the film to ride off the back of the hype which 20th Century Fox are so keen to build up.

It is also worth noting that Rockstar London, who were responsible for Manhunt 2, are now working on a secret unannounced game for next gen consoles. So regardless of what the game turns out to be, these guys are making it!

It is not a question of “if” this game comes out but “when”, and what with Beyond Good and Evil 2 being announced, anything is possible – roll on 2009!

The title image is a fan made poster.

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