"It's time to relive the madness of GOING POSTAL!"
POSTAL Redux is an 4K remake of the original POSTAL and its expansions in Unreal Engine 4.
The game was announced formally in 2014, with development beginning soon after the release of POSTAL 2: Paradise Lost in 2015.
On September 24th, 2020, a port for the Nintendo Switch was announced for a release on October 16th of that year. The Switch port of the game will be published by MD Games. A PlayStation 4 port was released on March 5th, 2021.
A faithful recreation of POSTAL, the game sports redrawn high definition art for the original levels, fully animated character models, animated loading screens, improved controls, a remastered soundtrack, and re-recorded dialogue, with Rick Hunter reprising his role as the Postal Dude.
New to the game is The Carnival, a level placed between The City and Central Park. It features Clowns as a unique NPC. A new weapon, the Revolver, has been introduced, boasting high damage and accuracy with the trade-off of having a smaller damage radius than most weapons.
A score based arcade mode. The player is judged by an unseen entity based on his ability to:
- Efficiently dispose of enemies (kill streaks) within a short period of time
- Use multiple weapons to dispose of said enemies
- How much of the map they've covered.
The levels in Rampage are remixed versions of the ones from the campaign, with the killing of civilians necessary to open the exit.
On August 23rd 2016, Online Co-op was added to the game as a free update. This allows up to 4 players to rampage through a more difficult version of the main campaign with a unique ending. The player can also play with AI-controlled clowns/bots similar to the "morons" in Share The Pain.
Super Delivery Update
On September 30th 2016, the six levels from the Super Postal and Special Delivery expansions were redone and added to the game in a separate Super Delivery mini-campaign, stringing the levels together. Every level can be played consecutively in the "Excess Postage" campaign.
Also added are new graphical options, new achievements, multiplayer improvements, new NPCs, a new Nightmare difficulty for the main campaign, and additional playable characters that are "Not Important".
On January 1st 2017, Multiplayer Deathmatch was added to the game, along with several bugfixes and improved load times. Along with this, the Soundtrack for POSTAL Redux was released on RWS' YouTube channel with clean versions of the animated loading screens (except for The Farm, The Construction Site, The Industrial Complex, and The End).
Changes from the Original
- Several weapons have been redesigned and re-balanced: the Machine Gun no longer has infinite range, mines have a greater blast radius, and the Spray Cannon now uses its own ammo type.
- Executions now have separate animations for each weapon instead of defaulting to the SMG.
- An alt-fire button has been added for throwable weapons and mines.
- The entry point for some of the levels has been changed to better connect them together.
- The Main Menu and the loading screens have been redrawn for extra detail and are now animated.
- The original soundtrack has been remade from scratch, with original tracks for Rampage Mode.
- The Special Delivery and Super POSTAL levels now have their own original loading themes (instead of just recycling the Air Force Base, The Farm, and The Construction site themes).
- The achievement "Misunderstood Savior" is no longer failed if a civilian gets killed by a hostile, compared to "Boondock Saint" in the original POSTAL.
- An exit appears after killing enough hostiles instead of having to press F1 to progress to the next level.
- The original ending stage (the Elementary School) has been replaced with a new end level, appropriately called "The End". Running with Scissors themselves have stated that the change was made because they believed the original ending had lost its shock value, as school shootings have become more common.
- The Psychiatrist in the ending cutscene is now voiced by Corey Cruise who voiced the Postal Dude in Postal III.
- The release of the Nintendo Switch port marks the first time a POSTAL game has been available on consoles or as Vince Desi put it "Popping their Console cherry".