Mad Max is an upcoming vehicular combat and third-person action video game set in an open world environment and based on the Mad Max film series. Originally set to be released in 2014, the game was later delayed to 2015, making it one of the four titles to be released during Avalanche Studios’ “biggest year since its inception” in 2003. The development of the game is being handled by Avalanche Studios in Sweden, while another project, Just Cause 3, is being handled by Avalanche’s division in New York.
Max meets a hunchbacked mechanic named Chumbucket, an overzealous individual that’s hell bent on crafting the perfect vehicle, the Magnum Opus. After giving Max hope of exacting vengeance on Scrotus, the two form an unlikely partnership and set out in the base of the Opus in search of food, water, allies, upgrades, and redemption in a world devoid of sanity. Max’s journey to the Plains of Silence takes an unexpected turn when a group of bandits run by the warlord Scabrous Scrotus, son of Immortan Joe run him off the road and steal his clothes, his supplies, his weapons, and his car before cruelly leaving him to die alone.
Despite the game having a third-person perspective, players can switch to first-person view when the player is engaging in combat with enemies while driving the Magnum Opus. In order to encourage exploration, the Magnum Opus can be upgraded by using scavenged materials found in the desert, by hijacking enemies’ cars or by collecting enemies’ car parts. Nitro boosts are also featured for acceleration. Armor and weapons are also available for customization in the game. Enemies sometimes will hop on top of the Magnum Opus in an attempt to make it explode, but the player can avoid that by adding dangerous hazards, such as spikes, around the car.
The player has access to the garage screen throughout the game, allowing the players to customize the Magnum Opus for any occasion. Max’s garage can be used to change and modify the car’s engine, chassis, wheels, body works, including paint jobs, and the “shell” of the automobile.
The game is set to be released on 1 September 2015 in North America, 2 September in Australia, and 4 September in Europe for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced on 3 May 2015 that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions had been cancelled due to their hardware restrictions.