Fans are naturally hesitant when a major franchise switches developers. Gamers certainly put the onus on Bend Studio to deliver a worthy Uncharted prequel to Naughty Dog’s console trilogy when they were announced as the developers of Uncharted: Golden Abyss. No matter the company, a developer switch will always be met with some trepidation.
Despite Rockstar’s pedigree, the announcement that they would take on the Max Payne franchise with Max Payne 3 certainly gave pause to some fans who worried something might be lost in translation. Original developer Remedy Entertainment had moved on to create Alan Wake, and Rockstar took up the story of the most unlucky cop for the third entry due out this May. And if anyone has been concerned about the move to a new developer, Remedy has chimed in to assuage those concerns.
Not a bad sentiment if you ask me. Combined with my personal experience seeing the game in action, I’d say Myllyrinne’s feelings about the game are not misguided. Myllyrinne also mentioned that Remedy has actually given some input to the team over at Rockstar. For fans who feared the game would mark a total break from the original developer, this should put their minds at ease.
Max Payne 3 is set to hit stores May 15, and if you weren’t excited already, perhaps the good faith of Remedy may push you over the edge.