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POSTAL Redux, the revamp of the classic brutal shooter adds Linux support

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Running With Scissors let us know via Twitter tonight that they've officially added Linux support to POSTAL Redux, the revamp of the classic brutal shooter.

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I remember playing quite a lot of the original Postal in my youth, probably way before I should have been playing such a game. Loved it though, as brutal as it was. Good to see the upgraded version eventually make its way over.

The good news, is that it has cross-platform multiplayer! This update doesn't just add Linux support, it also cleans up a lot of lingering issues with the game like improved loading times, fixes stuttering and so on.

The classic dark and surreal twin-stick isometric shooter returns with a vengeance!

POSTAL Redux is a high definition remake of The Postal Dude's infamous first foray into the world. Prepare to experience his psychological journey with faithfully recreated high resolution visuals, remastered music, sounds, and dialog, and revamped and modernized gameplay. Crazed gunmen out for your blood await you around every corner. The only choice is clear: Get them before they get you. Fight back with a devastating arsenal as you make your way through a violence-stricken town.

It's time to relive the madness of GOING POSTAL!

You can grab it from Humble Store or Steam.

They also said on Twitter they are working on bringing the Linux version of Postal 2 to GOG, but no ETA on that.

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Leopard 3 years 29 May 2018 at 10:31 pm UTC
QuoteWe know being a Linux gamer is hard enough already, so this is something we're very happy to finally deliver.

That is not true at all , this message sounds like there are just bunch Tuxkart'ish games out there for Linux. Sure , we don't have all games but that statement is just silly.
scaine 29 May 2018 at 11:52 pm UTC
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Leopard
QuoteWe know being a Linux gamer is hard enough already, so this is something we're very happy to finally deliver.

That is not true at all , this message sounds like there are just bunch Tuxkart'ish games out there for Linux. Sure , we don't have all games but that statement is just silly.
I wondered what you were quoting, but found it in the Steam update news. I don't think it sound silly - it's just an acknowledgement that we don't get all games, like you say, so it's nice to have one more.

Also, this is great...
QuoteThe Linux port shares all the same content, plus cross-platform multiplayer and Steam Cloud saves with its older Windows brother.
....although I can't imagine it has a huge online presence!
TheSHEEEP 30 May 2018 at 7:26 am UTC
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"Sign this petition or I'll follow you home and kill your dog!"
Ah... Postal. It warms my heart.


I really wish Postal 3 wasn't so terrible. It is more a "Postal wannabe" game, no wonder since it wasn't even developed by RWS:

QuoteRWS explained the situation by stating that Postal III "was licensed to a Russian publisher and developer who were supposed produce the game to our design, with a much bigger team and budget than we had for POSTAL 2. Even taking those facts into account, it didn't work out very well. It was a mistake and one we will not repeat". They also added that "after the disaster that was PIII due to the mistake of outsourcing it, we have decided to make the next game 100% in house."

A later interview with Running With Scissors employee Jon Merchant further clarified the situation, with him stating that "Akella had vastly more resources than we had for POSTAL 2, so it seemed reasonable at the time they could produce a game that was at least equal to the game we made inhouse. Things started out well but I think they got hit pretty hard by the economic problems of 2007-8, and it all started to go downhill from there. The final product was very far removed from our original design, and horribly broken." He also commented that "the game is a broken mess and should not be sold. We stopped selling the game ourselves some time ago when it became apparent that neither us or the community would get the SDK tools. We don't regard it as the third POSTAL game, just a dodgy spin off that should never have happened."

Vince Desi summarized the situation in a 2013 interview by saying that "some deals work, some don’t, PIII failed for many reasons. Worst of all we lost control of the project and that was the beginning of the poofest. Historically we had a great relationship with Akella, our Russian publisher, and for the record the folks there were good people and I consider them my friends regardless of the fiasco PIII ... Again, it is a testimony to POSTAL fans around the world who have shown their loyal support beyond all odds and hurdles that allows us to keep on going."

Ouch, what a troubled development that must have been.

But hey, RWS are working on a new, "secret" game.


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Tiedemann 30 May 2018 at 8:23 am UTC
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I've never played the first one, only 2 and 3 so I'll def get this.

And I agree with the sheep, number 3 was terrible.
slaapliedje 30 May 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
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RWS are awesome. I had ordered the Fudge Pack long before they had their games on Steam, and the newer versions came with Steam Keys. I just emailed them and they were more than happy to give me keys, and while at it accidentally gave me a key for a game I already owned. So free game too. But yeah, really great group of developers.
hummer010 30 May 2018 at 5:17 pm UTC
QuoteThey also said on Twitter they are working on bringing the Linux version of Postal 2 to GOG, but no ETA on that.

I wouldn't get too excited about that. Back in 2015 RWS said that Paradise Lost was coming to GOG too, and it hasn't quite happened yet.

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BFG9000 30 May 2018 at 6:16 pm UTC
Totally adding this one to the list! I loved Postal 2 and I think I'll like this one too.
kurp 31 May 2018 at 8:08 am UTC
It would be nice to get it on GOG...
Hamish 17 July 2018 at 8:04 pm UTC
So just got an update for Postal 2 on GOG.com; it is still Windows only though. Paradise Lost was also just added to GOG.com today, but again, still Windows only for the moment. The changelog for Postal 2 mentions that the "Mac version will be updated as soon as possible" with no mention of Linux, although seeing as how Linux would be an entirely new platform for the game on GOG.com that is not in of itself surprising.

Progress finally seems to have been made, is what I am saying.
Cyril 17 August 2018 at 12:21 am UTC
HamishSo just got an update for Postal 2 on GOG.com; it is still Windows only though. Paradise Lost was also just added to GOG.com today, but again, still Windows only for the moment. The changelog for Postal 2 mentions that the "Mac version will be updated as soon as possible" with no mention of Linux, although seeing as how Linux would be an entirely new platform for the game on GOG.com that is not in of itself surprising.

Progress finally seems to have been made, is what I am saying.

A bit late I know but... I don't think we can trust these devs, can we?
Tonight I read many posts on Steam and GOG about it, and it seems they don't really want to release Postal Redux and/or Postal 2 Linux version on GOG.
After many years, I understand that some people don't want to buy it anymore.
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