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Postal returns with Postal Redux for PC and PlayStation 4

The first console launch for the infamous series

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Brace yourselves; the Postal series is coming back, and this time it'll have a console launch, the game's makers say.

Postal Redux will be a reboot of the notoriously ultraviolent shooter series that began with 1997's Postal., by Running With Scissors. It is due to launch this spring on Steam, Windows PC and Mac, with a version launching "later in the year," a news release said.

Clarification: The original Postal had an isometric perspective. Postal 2 was a first-person shooter. This post has been edited to reflect this.

The game will lbe quite different from what gamers may remember. Instead of a first-person perspective from 2003's Postal 2, screenshots show Postal Redux returning to an overhead and isometric perspective. According to a description in a news release, Postal Dude appears not to be the instigator of the violence as much as he is trying to repel it, fending off "crazed gunmen (who) are out for blood and wait around every corner." However, original hapless bystanders like the marching band returns, for players to do with as they please.

"Players fight back with a destructive arsenal as they make their way through a kill-or-be-killed psychological thriller," the statement said. However, there will be a "Rampage Mode" that features a scoring system that increases a scoring multiplier for every kill in a kill streak.

The original Postal and 2003's Postal 2, both for Windows PC, were over-the-top, deliberately provocative shooters that reminded players it was "only as violent as you are." Postal Dude was depicted as insane in the first game. The second, which strove to be more outrageous, gave the player everyday tasks to complete, provoke them with comical indignities and more or less invite them to go on a killing spree, with increasingly outrageous weapons.

A third game, Postal 3, launched in 2011, licensed to a different developer and publisher. It was reviewed very poorly. Developers had originally announced ports for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but these were never released.

The Postal series also spawned an infamous, widely reviled movie by Uwe Boll in 2007 that attempted to be a commentary on the excesses satirized in the first two games. Boll attempted to fund a sequel with a Kickstarter, but it failed.