Max Payne 1 & 2 are getting remakes, and they’re being combined

May Payne diving backwards while a door explodes

Remedy Entertainment, the developers of the first two Max Payne games, are working on the official remakes of both games and will combine them into one package. 

The original Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne video games were massive at the time. The series was a hit with action-loving gamers thanks to innovative game mechanics such as “bullet-time” and dives that have carried forward over time. The series’ fingerprints can be found across the modern gaming landscape, even in games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6.

IP rights to the franchise were sold to Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games after the release of Max Payne. Remedy, an independent developer, continued making new games and partnering with high-profile publishers like Microsoft and 505 Games.

While Max Payne 3 did well for Rockstar, many fans felt it lacked Remedy’s touch. Thankfully, Rockstar Games and Remedy are partnering to deliver remakes of the first two Max Payne games

Max Payne 1 and 2 remakes will be bundled 

Developer Remedy announced it’s in a development agreement with Rockstar Games to deliver Max Payne 1 and 2 remakes as a single title.

Remedy will take charge of the development, while Rockstar Games will manage the finances and marketing. The publisher has given free rein to the developers in terms of development costs. The Max Payne remakes will have the budget of a typical Remedy AAA-game production.

The studio previously reported that Alan Wake 2 had a budget of €70 million, with €50 million in development and €20 going to marketing. The agreement gives Remedy a royalty opportunity after Rockstar Games recovers the development, marketing, and costs of distribution and publishing. 

Max Payne 1 and 2 remake platforms

Max Payne 1 and 2 Remakes are being developed as a single game for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Max Payne aiming a gun

The remakes will skip last-generation consoles, making the remakes the first appearance on modern consoles. Remedy will be using its proprietary Northlight game engine. The engine powered recent Remedy games such as Quantum Break, Control, and, most recently, Alan Wake 2. 

Remedy released Alan Wake 2: Night Spring DLC on June 8. Rockstar Games and Remedy haven’t announced any release dates or windows for the Max Payne 1 and 2 Remakes yet. With Grand Theft Auto 6 releasing in the first half of 2025, Rockstar would want to avoid Max clashing with another of its titles. 

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Written by Bilawal Bashir

Bilawal is a software engineer who loves video games, comic books, and anime. But he will never love pineapple on pizza. In over two decades of gaming, he has only broken two controllers. His work has also been featured by TheGamer and WhatIfGaming.

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