FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Garland, TX - July 24, 1997
First shown at E3 a few weeks ago, Max
Payne impressed the press with its new
story-driven approach to the 3D action genre
3D Realms Entertainment has partnered with Remedy Entertainment to develop Max Payne, a
game that will define a new hybrid genre that melds third-person 3D action with a
progressive story. The story unfolds within the game itself through character interaction,
clue finding, information resources and exploration, and through between-level comic book
style cut scenes that have a gritty, realistic look.
The game is set in modern day New York city. Max Payne is the hard-boiled title character,
a cop who finds himself framed for his boss' murder, and marked for death by the mob, the
police, and a secret underground organization that Max was on the verge of breaking wide
open. No one can be trusted. And when Max's family are slaughtered it's time to deliver
some pain. Max Payne is coming to get his revenge.
The game uses a cutting-edge 3D engine comparable to the Prey engine, with a highly
advanced character animation and movement system. It will also have extensive multiplayer
support, including Internet play modes. The third-person viewpoint is comparable to that
seen in Tomb Raider, but with several innovative refinements. The game is expect for
release late in 1998.
Remedy Entertainment is based in Finland, where they've amassed that country's best demo
scene talent, along with two 3D engine coders from the now defunct Scavenger. Remedy's
previous release, Death Rally, was the number one download on Happy Puppy's Top Ten
Downloads for 13 straight weeks, smashing the previous record held by Duke Nukem 3D. Max
Payne's Producer, Petri Jarvilehto, commented: "With Max Payne we're stepping over
the normal boundaries associated with 3D action: we're focusing strongly on the character,
storyline and content right from the beginning. The 3rd-person perspective will allow us
to do a lot of new things that haven't been done in 3D action, yet. And working with 3D
Realms has been an absolute blast, with their experience and guidance we simply cannot go
"Remedy has got to be one of the most talented, properly committed developers I've
seen come down the road since id Software," noted George Broussard, head of 3D
Realms. "I know anything they do will be amazing. I'm as pumped about Max Payne as
our two internal games, Duke Nukem Forever and Prey."
Already, several E3 generated articles have appeared about Max Payne, touting the game's
"dark, violent and intense gameplay" and "a variety of interactive and
Remedy's full Max Payne team includes programmers Markus Stein, Jaakko Lehtinen and Olli
Tervo, 3D engine specialists Timo Aila and Jussi Rasanen, artists Henri Blafield, Teemu
Heinilehto, Samuli Viikinen and Peter Hajba, comic artist Kiia Kallio, storyline &
designer Sami Jarvi, sound artist Tero Kostermaa, photographer Jonne Reijonen, asst.
producer Samuli Syvahuoko, and finally project leader Petri Jarvilehto.
Remedy's web site is http://www.remedy.fi.
3D Realms web site is http://www.3drealms.com.
Updated information and screen shots may be found at both sites.