E3: Max Payne Sequel Announcement
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Although the original is still in beta for the Mac, many gamers may be interested to hear a sequel to Max Payne has already been announced by Take-Two Interactive. The company actually purchased all intellectual property rights associated with the game for a cool $10 Million plus stock options. The game is expected out for the PC next year, though no more specifics have been revealed about it.
The transaction sets an interesting standard for game makers, as the complete transfer of all rights and technology in a game doesn't happen all that often:
Kelly Sumner, Chief Executive Officer said, "A critical component of Take-Two's corporate strategy is to control the intellectual property rights to our key brands and as a result, build the most value for our company. Max Payne has been one of our most successful product franchises to date. The ownership of this top-selling brand allows us to broadly capitalize on the continued strength of the product on multiple platforms, and extend the brand with exciting sequels as well as providing opportunities for extending the brand to other forms of entertainment." Stay tuned to IMG for more as the original Max Payne makes its way to the Mac over the coming weeks.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Announces Max Payne 2 Is In Development
Scott Miller, Chief Executive Officer of 3D Realms commented, "This is a precedent-setting deal for Take-Two, Remedy and 3D Realms - the first time in our industry a highly successful IP alone has changed ownership hands. This deal validates our strategy for developing strong character-based games. Take-Two benefits tremendously by having full control of the Max Payne brand going forward and being able to properly leverage it to its full potential."
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