Update: 12:30: We just heard from Rockstar, and the company says the below weird implements sent to a Brazilian game blog have nothing to do with them. "This has nothing to do with us," Rockstar said. Weird, huh? So, I guess disregard the story below... unless you want to invent a real conspiracy that goes along with it.
A Brazilian video game blog is the starting point for a Max Payne alternative reality game. Max Payne 3 is set in São Paulo, Brazil, so it makes sense that a South American blog would be the first (only?) outlet to receive mysterious Max Payne related packages. Faca no Console recently was surprised by "presents" from Aesir Pharmaceuticals (remember that name? From the Max Payne games?) that contained samples of Valkyr, the drug from Payne games.
This was followed (naturally) by an email from a third party warning the recipient of drug to "ignore each and every gift this company has sent you. You should not get involved with them or their products." The email goes on to promise: "I will send you visual evidence hoping that you understand what the real intentions of this company are."
Let's hope that Faca no Console's introduction to Valkyr is a little less murderous than Max Payne's: Remember in the beginning of the first game, when Payne's whole family was murdered by Valkyr addicts? I can only hope that similar packages are sent here to G4, where we will spend all day getting doped up on imaginary video game drugs and willingly sign loyalty oaths to the Aesir Corporation!
Max Payne 3 should be out on the 360, PS3 and the PC in 2010.