In September of 1997, Running With Scissors released isometric shooter, POSTAL for Mac and Windows PC. Now, the team has made the game Open Source. The code has been released under the GPL2 license giving modders and development teams a chance to see how the game ran, and if they feel like it, port it to platforms it never released on.
Everyone now has ‘under the hood’ access, to see what makes POSTAL tick, and anyone with the time and skills can now tweak/change/update/modify anything in the game at all! And hey, if anyone feels the urge to port the game to other platforms (The Dreamcast, for example *wink* *wink*), then they absolutely can!
When the game released, it attracted a lot of attention from places you generally don’t want it, politicians and mainstream media. Of course, getting this kind of attention generally has the opposite effect and just makes players more aware of your game. It even got a lawsuit by the USPS (United States Postal Service) before the game even released. Six years after the initial lawsuit, the case was dismissed by the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Since its release, the development team have been releasing updates as a labour of love and the game even made its way onto Android devices.
Thanks to the dedicated hard-workers in our team, the loving support of our fans and even the efforts by our detractors, POSTAL has seen a lot of activity during these many years – an expansion pack, a lawsuit by the Postal Service, an exclusive Japanese edition, bans in 14 countries across the world, re-released special editions, sequels, digital re-releases, an Android port, new updates with twin-stick controls, a novelization and even an enhanced modern remake. Not too shabby for one of “the three worst things in American society”, wouldn’t you agree?
The reference to being one of the three worst things in American society originated from Senator Joe Lieberman
If you are interested, check out the C++ POSTAL source code on Bitbucket.
POSTAL, POSTAL 2, POSTAL Paradise Lost and POSTAL REDUX are available on Steam. It is also available on Android devices running version 4.0.3 or later.