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Max Payne 3 delayed to 'ensure quality'

Rockstar title pushed back to May

Rockstar parent Take-Two has delayed the release of Max Payne 3 by two months from its original March release date to May, 2012.

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The publisher says the decision's been made to "ensure that Max Payne 3 delivers the highest quality."

[UPDATE: it's May 15 in North America and May 18 internationally; and for the PC on May 29 in North America and June 1, 2012 internationally.

"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."]

The aftershock of moving the shooter out of the fiscal quarter means Take-Two now expects to report a net loss for year 2012, it says.

"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, 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.

"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."

Earlier this month, Rockstar gave us an insight into the research conducted to ensure that the vibe, culture, police, weapons and every element of São Paulo, Brazil in the game is as authentic as possible.

Rockstar Games plans to announce further details on the delay later today.

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