After 9 years of open worlds, Rockstar brings back their linear third person shooter franchise – Max Payne. After such a long wait, there are a number of reasons for Rockstar to re-introduce their audience to the franchise, building on the potential momentum of Max Payne 3.
Max Payne 3 is coming out at the end of May. After such a long time, many buyers will not have played the originals. If the storytelling is as good as Rockstar promises, then many people will want to check out the earlier episodes of the story – the origins of Max Payne etc. Of course, both Max Payne and Max Payne 2 are available on Steam with a discount, but everyone knows PC gaming isn’t as relevant as it used to be, with one huge exception right now being Diablo III.
Re-releasing the original games on consoles would reach out to a much wider audience and gain much more exposure for this overlooked franchise. Another thing to remember is that the original Max Payne games were designed for MS Windows and ported to the PS3 and X-Box 360, resulting in controls sometimes being very annoying and some issues with the rag doll physics. Depending on how hard it is to fix those issues, it may be worth the effort if people are going to be giving the originals another look.
The last two Rockstar games to take the May release spot,Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire, did very well commercially. If this keeps up with Max Payne 3, an HD re-release of the original games on home consoles just may spark interest from the gaming community.