It’s time to shed some tears as Rockstar’s upcoming sequel to everyone’s favorite bullet-time abusing series has been delayed once again. Max Payne was supposed to be launching in March of this year, but Take-Two today confirmed that the game has been delayed until May for quality reasons.
“We do not take changes to our release schedule lightly, and this short delay will ensure that Max Payne 3 delivers the highest quality, groundbreaking entertainment experience that is expected from our Company,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Max Payne 3 promises to be one of our most exciting releases to date, and we are confident that consumers will once again be amazed by Rockstar’s ability to take interactive entertainment to another level. ”
It’s certainly true that they must not have taken the change lightly as the same press release which confirmed Max Payne’s delay also noted the game’s move to May, which puts it into the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, means that Take-Two will be reporting a net loss for their fiscal year 2012, stating, “Take-Two now expects to report a net loss for fiscal year 2012. Specifically, the Company expects this change to reduce its fiscal year 2012 net revenue by $210 – 230 million and Non-GAAP net income per share by $0.60 – $0.70, including $0.03 – $0.04 per share related to a lower share count of 83 million shares used for purposes of calculating Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share”. More detailed information will be revealed when they release their third-quarter financial results on February 2nd.
With Max Payne 3 now slated for May, our robust lineup of upcoming releases for fiscal 2013 is even stronger, including BioShock® Infinite, Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, XCOM, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and other titles yet to be announced for release that year. Fiscal 2013 is poised to be one of our best years ever, with anticipated substantial revenue growth and Non-GAAP Net Income of over $2.00 per share. We are well positioned to deliver growth and profitability over the long term.”
So when is Max Payne 3 going to be released? Well, the answer is that the XBox 360 and Playstation versions of the game will be launching on May 15, 2012 in North America and May 18, 2012 internationally. PC users will have to wait a bit longer as the game will release on on May 29, 2012 in North America and June 1, 2012 internationally. Presumably it will enter shops via a slow-motion dive through the front window.