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Max Payne 3 delayed two months

max-payne-3-preview-screenThe long-awaited arrival of Max Payne 3 is going to take a little longer, as Take-Two Interactive has pushed the release date for the game back several months.

Originally slated to hit shelves in March, Max Payne 3 is now expected to arrive in May.

In an official statement announcing the delay, Take-Two Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said, “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. 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.”

After pushing back the release date for game, Take-Two also adjusted its earnings expectations for the year, since a May release moves the game into the next fiscal year. The developer is expecting the move to reduce revenue by $210-230 million for the fourth quarter of the 2012 fiscal year, which ends March 31.