Max Payne
Max Payne in a screenshot from the mobile version.Rockstar Games

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated a Max Payne game for the PlayStation 4 that may well be an updated version of the original PS2 game. This could be made possible by the new PS2 emulation capabilities Sony has been working on for PS4.

Rockstar, who published the original back in 2001, re-released versions of Grand Theft Auto 3, GTA: Vice City and GTA San Andreas on PS4 over the weekend – making it entirely plausible that other Rockstar classics will be available in the future.

The US ratings organisation's listing offers no details beyond the title Max Payne, the platform, and the Mature rating. The rest is an educated guess. There's the possibility that this listing may be outing a reboot, but that is a less likely scenario.

As well as those PS2 GTA games; Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, The Mark of Kri, War of the Monsters and Twisted Metal: Black were released – all costing between £7.99 and £11.99. All the games have been updated to 1080p and support various PS4 features such as trophies, Remote Play and Second Screen support.

Max Payne was developed by Remedy Entertainment with support from Rockstar. It told a noir detective tale of revenge and famously made use of the "bullet time" slow-motion effect popularised in the Wachowski siblings' Matrix movies.

Sequels followed, first in 2003 with Remedy once again at the helm, and then in 2012 with Rockstar developing. The original was re-released in 2012 on iOS and Android.

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