Rockstar parent Take-Two pushed back Max Payne 3 by two months from its original March release date to May 2012 for the console version, with the PC version out by the start of June.

PS3 and Xbox 360 versions launch on May 15 in North America and May 18 in Europe. The PC SKU launches in the US on May 29 and in Europe on June 1.

The publisher says the decision’s been made to “ensure that Max Payne 3 delivers the highest quality.”

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“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.

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“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.”

The third installment in the action series is in the hands of Rockstar Vancouver after creators Remedy handed the IP to Rockstar to work on Alan Wake.

Max Payne 3 releases in release on May 15 in North America and May 18 internationally; and for the PC on May 29 in North America and June 1 internationally.

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