Max Payne 3 will be the first game in the series not developed by Remedy Entertainment. Franchises sometimes take a nosedive when they're passed to a new developer but Remedy has nothing but praise for Rockstar's work on MP3.

"We’ve been blessed with being able to actually see the game and give some feedback," said Oskari Häkkinen, Remedy's Head of Franchise Development, in a chat with NowGamer. "We’ve been meeting with Rockstar and looking at Max 3 - it looks absolutely phenomenal - the nice thing is we’ve been giving our feeling on the game but at the end of the day we don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting, which is nice. Rockstar don’t make bad games, so you already know it’s going to be good. Just like we hope the Remedy brand is a seal of quality, you know that Rockstar’s brand is a seal of quality."

"It’s been nice to be part of the process, but we don’t want to take any of the limelight. From what we’ve seen it’s going to be absolutely fantastic."

Remedy sold all the rights to Payne to Rockstar's parent, Take-Two Interactive, in 2002. The studio was given $10 million and nearly one million shares in the deal. Häkkinen added in his interview that they had no regrets over the franchise.

Max Payne 3 is set to be released in March. Gaming Blend had a chance to check it out at New York Comic Con. Like Remedy, we came away impressed.

Remedy, meanwhile, is developing a PC version of the original Alan Wake for release in the first quarter of this year. A downloadable follow-up, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, is scheduled to arrive on Xbox Live Arcade during this quarter as well.

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