Unveiled to the world as a balding yet bearded, stout drug addict, Max Payne’s new avatar sent the gaming world into a tizzy. Fans were aghast at the treatment of their beloved monologue spewing icon who now resembled a flabbier Bruce Willis from the Die Hard series. There even was a teaser trailer released a while back but since then on there’s only been silence from Take-Two’s end regarding this game. In fact they recently revealed their launch line up for the next year and Max Payne 3 was nowhere on it.

Is Max Payne going back to the drawing board?

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According to 1up, a concerned Kotaku got this answer from a Take-Two PR repswhen quizzed about Payne’s fate, “We're still working hard on Max, and we'll have more news in the coming months.” Okay then.

Could it be Rockstar have taken Payne back to the drawing board after the not-so-positive feedback from fans? Could this be another Splinter Cell in the making? Is Max Payne 3 on its way to become vaporware? Why am I asking so many questions?

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