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Max Payne 3 gets stellar trailer debut

Rockstar premieres first in-game footage

Rockstar has released the impressive debut trailer for Max Payne 3, following confirmation of a March 2012 release date last week.

The publisher calls the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC sequel "a dark, gritty action experience that is sure to satisfy newcomers and fans to the historic franchise".

"Max Payne 3 gave us an amazing creative opportunity to evolve one of our most iconic characters," said Rockstar founder Sam Houser. "We're excited to show fans a modern version of Max that pulls them back into his dark and twisted story."

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Rockstar also detailed Max Payne 3's multiplayer mode last week.