Rockstar has just announced that the company's Vancouver arm is currently hard at work on a third game in the critically acclaimed Max Payne series.
Unsurprisingly, Rockstar weren't big on the details. However, we do know that happy old Max has retired from the force, but, even more unsurprisingly, is still all twisted up in a horrible "world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence." The game won't be set in New York, but another, currently unknown location. Apparently it's a violent place, and Max will have to use even more violence to save the day. Sounds like Max Payne to us.
"We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Rockstar boss Sam Houser. "This is Max as we've never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation."
Max Payne, famous for the main character's rather uncomfortable facial expression and bullet-time gameplay, first surfaced in 2001 on the PC, which was followed by Xbox and PS2 ports. Max Payne 2 followed in 2003, and there was even a feature film released last year.
Max Payne 3 is scheduled for a release before Christmas this year on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.