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Remedy and Rockstar Games are remaking the first two Max Payne games for PC, Xbox Series X|S

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What you need to know

  • Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne are games developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Rockstar Games.
  • Remedy and Rockstar Games have reached a new agreement, with remakes of these two games on the way.
  • The remakes will be coming to Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC.

Remedy Entertainment is headed back to its roots with a couple of remakes.

Remedy Entertainment shared on Wednesday that the studio has reached a new agreement with publisher Rockstar Games to remake the first two Max Payne games, Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. The remakes will be bundled together as one title.

"We were thrilled when our long-time friends at Remedy approached us about remaking the original Max Payne games," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar 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."

The remakes of these two games will be using Remedy Entertainment's proprietary Northlight Engine, the same technology that was used in Control and is powering the recently-announced Alan Wake 2. The development budget for the remakes is being handled by Rockstar Games, which will be the size of a "...typical Remedy AAA-game production."

Much like Alan Wake 2, these remakes are coming exclusively to current-generation hardware, meaniing they'll be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC and PS5. No PS4 or Xbox One versions will be available.

"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," said Remedy CEO, Tero Virtala. "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."

The press release notes that the game is in the "concept development" stage, meaning that the remakes of these two classic games aren't likely to be launching anytime soon. Alan Wake 2 also currently lacks a release date, though Remedy has committed to a release window of 2023.

In the meantime, the Max Payne games were made backward compatible on Xbox consoles in 2021 as part of the final push to add games in Microsoft's backward compatibility program.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

11 Comments
  • I loved these when originally released on PC. Please do better than the GTA remakes...
  • Holy crap. I don't know if it should be excited or filled with dread knowing what R* has been putting out lately.
  • The latter. Rockstar are not the good guys a beloved franchise needs. Heck they're not even the best people to remake their own beloved San Andreas!
  • I'm optimistic only because Rockstar are just bankrolling and publishing, the actual development is being done by Remedy.
  • Nice. That gives me hope then. R* actually did a great job with MP3, but of course it wasn't GTA so they left it to die.
  • Good, there's hope then. Remedy treat their games with respect.
  • Holy wow!!!! This is all ive ever wanted since remakes first became a thing!!
  • Hell... Yes I am here for this news, those games are fantastic.
  • Awesome news except Rockstar is involved.
  • Two of my fave games. Hope they better include address unknown one of my fave memories from the games.
  • RE2 really has heralded a new age of game remakes.