One of this year’s biggest blockbusters has just had its release date pushed back by two months. Max Payne 3 was originally set to launch in early March, but Rockstar today announced that it will instead be launching across the UK and Europe on May 18th on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3; with a release date of June 1st set for the PC version.

“Max Payne 3 brings powerful storytelling back to the action-shooter genre,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Rockstar Studios are delivering a game that’s both incredibly cinematic and very, very intense to play.”

Based on incredibly precise and fluid gunplay and maintaining the series’ famed dark and cinematic approach, Max Payne 3 follows the famed former New York detective onto the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Max Payne now works in executive protection for the wealthy Rodrigo Branco in the hopes of escaping the memories of his troubled past. When a street gang kidnaps Rodrigo’s wife, Max is pulled into a conspiracy of shadowy, warring factions threading every aspect of São Paulo society in a deadly web that threatens to engulf everyone and everything around him.

In another first for the series, Max Payne 3’s multiplayer offering brings the game’s cinematic feel, fluid gunplay and kinetic sense of movement into the realm of online multiplayer. Building on the fiction and signature gameplay elements of the Max Payne universe, Max Payne 3 features a wide range of new and traditional multiplayer modes that play on the themes of paranoia, betrayal and heroism, all delivered with the same epic visual style of the single-player game. For more information, log onto www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3.

If you missed our recent preview of Max Payne 3, you can catch up with that by clicking here.

Max Payne 3 is currently due for release on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on Friday, May 18th 2012. The PC version is due for release on Friday, June 1st 2012. 

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