Rockstar Celebrates 10 Years of Max Payne 3 with a Soundtrack Release

Just a soundtrack?
Just a soundtrack? Rockstar Games

It was a decade ago when the world was introduced to Max Payne 3. With such a major milestone, one would expect a celebration. If you’re looking forward to a big event, you’ll likely be disappointed.

That’s because to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game, Rockstar Games revealed that it'll be releasing, wait for it, The Official Soundtrack (Anniversary Edition). You read that right, music from the game. Not to worry since this is apparently a new version of that iconic soundtrack. It’s launching on both digital streaming platforms and limited-edition vinyl later this year.

This new version of the soundtrack features music from L.A. noise band HEALTH. The band delivered a rather dark and driving industrial soundscape that reflects the blurred and frayed mental state of the main character and the heavy atmosphere that the franchise is known for. The band has even included the track titled “TEARS.”

The likely decision to release a soundtrack to celebrate the game's 10th anniversary was because Remedy Entertainment revealed in a statement a month ago about remaking Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. It's made possible through an agreement between Remedy and Rockstar with the former planning to develop the two as a single title for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Makes you wonder why they didn’t include the third game in the plans.

Max Payne 3 was first released in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game is now available on the Rockstar Games Launcher and as a result of backward compatibility, can be played as well on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

The game follows the titular character Max Payne, introduced in the first game. The third game is set nine years after the second game and has Max retiring from the NYPD. Instead of living the life, so to speak, he spends his days nursing not only his alcoholism but also his addiction to painkillers.

What about you? What do you think about releasing a soundtrack to commemorate this milestone?

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