Amazon, in an email to customers (caught by RockstarWatch), claimed the game's date had been "changed by the publisher".
RockstarWatch also discovered entries for Max Payne 3 in new Nvidia graphics cards drivers. And why would they be there if the game wasn't close?
Nevertheless, lack of Max Payne 3 press six months from release raises questions.
But there are glimmers of hope: magazine previews of Max Payne 3 surfaced in April, and Take-Two insisted the game was "still in development" in May.
But Max Payne 3 still remains absent from Take-Two schedules and earning calls. And we heard similar shop-related predictions about Max Payne 3's intended 2009 release date back at the time.
Treat this, then, with caution.