Max Payne 1 & 2 are getting a current-gen remake

Remakes. While some can’t seem to get enough of them, others can’t stand them anymore. In times of creativity crisis, plenty of developers find comfort in revamping games that are lying around in a dusty old basement, tucked away in a damp cardboard box. But sometimes, those boxes contain pure gold and the original Max Payne was one precious nugget back in 2001. And that’s why a Max Payne remake ain’t such a bad idea.

Let’s rewind to 2001 for a minute. While Europe was struggling to adjust to its new currency, gamers were struggling to understand Max Payne. In a good way, that is. Remedy brought something revolutionary to the playing field: groundbreaking visuals and bullet time. Nobody really cared about Max’s constant “who just ripped a killer rotten eggs fart?!” expression. At least he had a distinguishable face. That iconic mug of Sam Lake, Remedy‘s creative director at the time.

Aight, back to 2022. Max Payne is still popular as fuck. And that damp box full of memories… that was already taken from that musky Remedy basement a year ago for Max’s 20th birthday in 2021. Was that a hint we neglected to pick up? Did it spark the idea of a remake? We’ll probably never know. But what we do know is Remedy’s plan to remake both Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. Bundled together, they’ll get a current-gen treatment, made in Remedy’s Northlight engine.

And we have both Remedy – the original developer – and Rockstar – the current owner of the intellectual rights – to thank for it. Thanks to a lucrative deal struck between both parties, we can someday relive Max’s misery in fresh 1080p/4K fidelity (depending on your hardware, of course). For Rockstar, this plan was a no-brainer since everyone over there is a massive die-hard fan of the original games. Right, Sam Houser?

“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.”

Precisely. And the people at Remedy are pretty stoked, too. Unless the game won’t sell for shit, because the deal does require good sales for Remedy to make a nice profit. Hands were shaken on the promise that Remedy would get royalties after Rockstar recouped all costs made by marketing, development, publishing, and distribution. But hey, with millions of fans worldwide, this Max Payne remake has to sell, right? Remedy has all the faith in the world.

“Max Payne has always held a special place in the hearts of everyone at Remedy, and we know the millions of fans worldwide feel the same. We’re hugely excited to be working with our partners at Rockstar Games once again for the chance to bring the story, action, and atmosphere of the original Max Payne games back to players in new ways.”

As to the question of when, there’s no real answer to it. Since production just entered its concept phase, that might take a while.