Max Payne 3 developer shuts its doors

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Nobody fires Max Payne

Max Payne 3 was finally released to solid reviews after being in development for an abnormally long time and while its sales haven’t set the world on fire the title itself is a lot of fun and one that every shooter fan should experience.

However that hasn’t been good enough for Rockstar Vancouver as its parent company has decided that its services are no longer required and has dissolved the studio.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the 35 employees though as Rockstar has offered all of them jobs at Rockstar Toronto which is now moving to Ontario… which is actually just confusing me now.

Why close down a studio if you are going to carry on employing all of the developers in the same company and then moving the other company to new space to accommodate these 35 new employees?

It all smells a bit of financial juggling, the same economic games that got the world into the mess it’s currently in.

Either way, we’re not going to see another game made by Rockstar Vancouver and seeing that Rockstar Toronto has never been the lead on a game I suspect that the Canadian developers aren’t going to be doing much more than support and back office development for the foreseeable future.

Last Updated: July 10, 2012

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