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Postal 3 Finally Arriving In Time for Christmas

By - Source: Vince Desi via RWS | B 35 comments

Running With Scissors is publishing Postal 3 via Steam by Christmas, but there's an unrated boxed version too that can be purchased from the studio's online store.

On Friday Running With Scissors CEO Vince Desi announced that the third installment to the controversial Postal series is finally "coming home for Christmas." The game was initially released on November 23 in Russia, but will be released worldwide via Steam presumably around December 25 (no actual date was given). A $40 boxed "unrated" version is also now up for pre-order here.

"Our dearest friend, Editor and original RWS member Bill 'The Game Doctor' Kunkel passed away this past September," Desi said in a press release. "We’d like to honor Bill and the Postal Dude’s best friend Champ (who also passed away earlier this year) by proudly self publishing Postal 3 in their memory."

Postal originally arrived on the PC back in 1997 as a top-down isometric shooter full of over-the-top violence and irreverent humor, whereas the second installment appeared on the PC in 2003 as a first-person shooter using Epic's Unreal Engine. This third chapter, which went into development just after Postal 2 hit store shelves, will pull the camera back into a 3rd-person perspective using Valve's Source engine.

"As a developer, the most important element of an engine is stability," Desi said about switching engines in 2008. "The Valve Source engine provides stability, for single player and multiplayer, also they provide excellent support.  As Postal 3 is its own unique game, we are doing a lot of custom coding, so it’s better for us to know what we have to work with from the start.  And Steam is a major plus."

The Postal 3 story takes place just after the "accidental" nuclear destruction of Paradise, Arizona (aka Apocalypse Weekend) in Postal 2. "We rejoin the Postal Dude and his psychotic pitbull Champ as they emigrate to the ironically named town of Catharsis. Unfortunately, due to the Global Economic Meltdown, psychotic left-wing "Green" extremism and hypocritical right-wing Government corruption, life in Catharsis isn't much better."

The game reportedly has two paths to take: the "good path" which involves the Postal Dude joining the local police force, and the "bad path" which includes joining in on the schemes of Mayor Chromo and Uncle Dave. The Postal Dude initially ends up in Catharsis because he ran out of gas and the broken economy has jacked up the price-per-gallon cost to $17.

That in itself is a good reason to go postal.

Postal 3 is only slated for Windows PC via Steam and the Running With Scissors online store for now. A PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version is slated for sometime in 2012, but an actual ship date is yet to be determined. The studio also plans to release a Linux and Mac OS X version at some point.

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    amuffin , December 11, 2011 7:19 AM
    I thought it said portal 3 D:
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    tipmen , December 11, 2011 7:30 AM
    Woah, i Thought i was portal 3 for a moment... Then got pissed I was like where the hell is half-life 3... Then I reread the title and felt dumb...
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    amuffin , December 11, 2011 7:19 AM
    I thought it said portal 3 D:
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2011 7:24 AM
    i thought portal 3 lol
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    Pyree , December 11, 2011 7:29 AM
    Same here. I was thinking it was too quick to have Portal 3 out, then I click and read carefully and it is actually Postal 3.

    I think there will be many more people who played Portal and click this by accident to come.
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    tipmen , December 11, 2011 7:30 AM
    Woah, i Thought i was portal 3 for a moment... Then got pissed I was like where the hell is half-life 3... Then I reread the title and felt dumb...
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    DroKing , December 11, 2011 8:06 AM
    Mmm Postal 3 I gotta check this out ^_^
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    ojas , December 11, 2011 8:53 AM
    I thought it was the usual typo...and i honestly wish it was...
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    vigilante212 , December 11, 2011 8:55 AM
    Postal 2 was hilarious... Portal 2 was fun as well.
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    killbits , December 11, 2011 9:51 AM
    dang, I was really excited for about a half second until I realized that didn't say Portal 3
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2011 10:06 AM
    Postal 3 as for X-mas gift ? Hmm Hell it's about time
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    giovanni86 , December 11, 2011 10:29 AM
    Cannot wait to grab a hold of a shovel and start breaking heads off with it =D Even law enforcement's will bow to my ever raging need of heads flying everywhere YES!!
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 11, 2011 10:30 AM
    evil "mayor chromo"

    do i smell a lawsuit from google? :D 
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    mrpijey , December 11, 2011 10:52 AM
    "This third chapter, which went into development just after Postal 2 hit store shelves...".

    Postal 2 was released in 2003, so they have been developing this for over 7 years? Uhoh, warning for an another turkey release then...
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    jasonpwns , December 11, 2011 11:18 AM
    mrpijey"This third chapter, which went into development just after Postal 2 hit store shelves...".Postal 2 was released in 2003, so they have been developing this for over 7 years? Uhoh, warning for an another turkey release then...


    If you actually read carefully, they switched engines. Guessing you didn't.
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    Parsian , December 11, 2011 12:37 PM
    i should of bought this game back in old days.
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    captaincharisma , December 11, 2011 1:16 PM
    no way i am definitely getting this
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    vittau , December 11, 2011 3:26 PM
    I totally read Portal 3 too, lol...
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    jhansonxi , December 11, 2011 5:23 PM
    Parsiani should of bought this game back in old days.

    You missed out on memorable scenarios like "Molotov cocktail + marching band".
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    jryan388 , December 11, 2011 6:43 PM
    Why use source instead of unreal?
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    rohitbaran , December 11, 2011 7:46 PM
    Did anyone else read portal 3 at first? :D 
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