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Rockstar Shenanigans Lead to Free LA Noire, Max Payne 3 Updates

LA Noire has received an update almost a decade after its PC release.
LA Noire has received an update almost a decade after its PC release. | Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games added updates to LA Noire and Max Payne 3 on PC this week, almost a decade after both games' initial release dates; the studio also made all the DLC for both games available for free.

Support for 32-bit operating systems has been "deprecated" for both games, and the updates for LA Noire don't affect the VR Case Files versions of the game.

Rockstar Shenanigans Lead to Free LA Noire, Max Payne 3 Updates

It's not clear why Rockstar chose this moment to release updates for LA Noire (PC release November 2011) and Max Payne 3 (June 2012). But it's not all the weirdness the studio got up to Tuesday.

Every Rockstar Games title on Steam briefly disappeared from the platform Tuesday, forcing Rockstar to bring them all back. That process made it possible for a few lucky players to buy Midnight Club 2, a racing game Rockstar released in 2003, for one hour. The game was previously unavailable as licenses for some of the music in-game had lapsed, and Rockstar removed the restored listing after about an hour.

Midnight Club 2 can still be found on Steam, though not by searching in the client. A Google search will return the Steam Store page as a result, but the game can't actually be purchased. Rockstar did remove expired music from Grand Theft Auto 4 to continue selling it, but it seems unlikely the studio will repeat that process for a game with so much less name recognition.