news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Making Max Payne 3 Is All Kinds of Expensive


Max Payne 3 has been a thing for a long time. Thankfully, it's definitely an existing project, as Rockstar has announced a March 2012 launch date for the game as well as a trailer later this week. Rockstar also apparently seems to be pouring money into development of the game.

Given the reaction to the past two entries in the Max Payne series, analysts believe Max Payne 3 will fare successfully from a commercial standpoint. For those of you keeping score, Max Payne and Max Payne 2 collectively sold seven million copies. That's a large fan base, and a potentially impressive commercial reaction for the third installment in the franchise.

Of course, Rockstar is likely to spend about $105 million just to develop Max Payne 3, so the company is going to have to really turn out a large number of copies in order to gain profit. How many units of Max Payne 3 need to sell to put some green back in the wallets of Rockstar's employees? Probably about four million, reports Industry Gamers.

It's crazy to think about how most of Rockstar's games are usually backed by a massive budget. And as evidenced by titles such as Red Dead Redemption, the company ends up turning quite the heavy profit. Will results be similar with Max Payne 3 when it hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in March next year?

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