Postal: Redux, a HD remake of the 1997 twin-stick shooter Postal, has been long awaited since its announcement earlier this year – today, Running With Scissors has announced that the game will be released for Windows PCs as a Steam store exclusive on May 20th, with a PlayStation 4 release due in Quarter 4 2016.
The series has laid relatively dormant in recent years – the last Postal game, Postal III, was released in 2011 to immense critical dismay, with the last well-received full release in the series having been released a matter of 13 years ago, in 2003. It is of interest, however, that Running With Scissors has made considerable efforts to maintain the series’ integrity and longevity, most notably having removed Postal III for sale from their online store due to being “in the best interest of the Postal Community” and releasing a full expansion in 2015 for their 2003 title Postal 2, named Paradise Lost.
It would appear then that Running With Scissors is attempting to renew the series once more with Postal: Redux and deliver once more on a well-remembered game, though critical reception for it was fairly mediocre at the time. Confirmations have been made as to how the remake will differ from the original game however, including updated controls and a new ending to the game’s campaign due to the original not being “appropriate for the current climate” – the developers clarified this in the same statement, however, saying that the new ending “will reflect a more accurate representation of how we feel the game should have always ended.”
It is no real secret that the twin-stick genre is not nearly as popular as, say, first person shooters, among which Postal 2 may be counted. Of titles released in recent years, the most direct comparisons one could likely make with Postal‘s combination of twin-stick controls and intentionally offensive themes could probably be found in the overwhelmingly panned 2015 title Hatred, by developer Destructive Creations. In the current climate of games, it will be interesting to see how the title is received and how it fares against those who have tried to emulate it such as Hatred.
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