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Almost 20 Years on From Its Original Release Postal Goes Open Source

It has been almost 20 years (2017) since the release of Running With Scissors iconic isometric top down shooter, Postal on PC, and to celebrate the significant milestone, the developer has decided to release the games source code out into the wild for players and fans to do with as they please.

It was in September, 1997 – over 19 years ago (we’ll round that out to 20, for marketing reasons) – when us humble folk from Running With Scissors unleashed our Robotron-inspired isometric shooter POSTAL to the unsuspecting public at large,” says Running With Scissors in a post on the developer’s official website. “It was an instant hit, grabbing the attention of gamers, parents and politicians across the country, and we’ve been supporting and updating it ever since. But now, (almost) 20 years later, we are entrusting our fans with the future of our game, by releasing its source code to the publicConsider it a belated Christmas present!

Earlier this year, Running With Scissors released an HD version of the 1997 game (Postal Redux) onto PS4 and PC, with the studio describing the move to polish the classic shooter as “An especially big step in an attempt to patch up the games “outdated design decisions“, improving Postal where it could. And now the studio has released the games source code in full to the public to tweak, and even create a completely different game with, if they so choose to. Fans looking to access Postal‘s source code can do so by following this link.

RWS would finish by stating that it hopes someone will eventually port the game to Sega’s 1998 Dreamcast console, “And hey, if anyone feels the urge to port the game to other platforms (The Dreamcast, for example *wink* *wink*), then they absolutely can!“.

We’re sure, someone will.

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Dan has been gaming for nearly 30 years and has survived everything from Nuclear Fallouts to Zombie Outbreaks but his main love is Survival Horror and don't we all know it. Favourite games include Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto, he can be regularly found cruising the streets of Vice City listening to the classics.


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