Max Payne 3 Debut Trailer Released

September 14, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

Rockstar Games’ long-awaited Max Payne 3 was announced way back in early 2009, and now, today, the world famous, multi award-winning developer has released the game’s first trailer, comprised entirely of in-game footage.

Utilizing the latest version of Rockstar’s Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) for graphics and general development duties, Max Payne 3’s developers have complemented its power with the latest version of Natural Motion, the middleware that powered Grand Theft Auto IV’s revolutionary physics and animation system. The result, Rockstar say, is “highly-refined gameplay, with an extensive range of realistic weaponry, an intelligent cover system and sophisticated Bullet-Time mechanics.”

Yes, as you can see briefly in the trailer, Bullet Time is back, along with a new Sniper Elite-style bullet cam to track your rounds all the way to their target. And while the sunny locales and cover mechanics are a long way from the grim New York streets of Max Payne and Max Payne 2, Rockstar saw an opportunity to try something new, rather than taking the route of making a ‘safe sequel.’

Max Payne 3 gave us an amazing creative opportunity to evolve one of our most iconic characters,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We’re excited to show fans a modern version of Max that pulls them back into his dark and twisted story.”

In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 will be the first title in the series to feature a multiplayer mode. Rockstar promises a compelling experience that “dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match,” along with a “deep reward and leveling system, persistent clans and multiple strategic load-out options.”

Further multiplayer and single-player details will be released alongside each new trailer, all the way up until Max Payne 3’s release next March, 2012.