Over 15 years after the series' last installment released, Postal 4: No Regerts has been both announced and made available through Steam Early Access. As one might expect from a game in the Postal series, it promises to be absolutely absurd from start to finish.
The first Postal game released all the way back in 1997, followed by Postal 2 in 2003; they're each known for being quite controversial games with dark humor and excessive amounts of violence. Technically, a Postal 3 was released in 2011 (to poor reception), but Postal developer Running With Scissors later said it was "just a dodgy spin-off that should never have happened," making Postal 4: No Regerts the true sequel.
Announced and released in one fell swoop, Postal 4 is a comedic open-world shooter that takes place several years after the ludicrous events of Postal 2. Series protagonist The Postal Dude and his buddy Champ are now taking on the town of Edensin, after "a fortuitous gas station rest stop ends with their car, trailer home, and the rest of their worldly possessions stolen," and he reaches the town with only his dog and his bathrobe to keep him company.
The game includes a sort of main mission progression in the form of crossing items off of The Postal Dude's grotesque 'to do' list, and secondary missions can be collected around town...or players can just "ignore all of that and just cause general pandemonium at [their] own leisure." Basically, it's all about doing whatever crazy things that players can think up—something that fans of Untitled Goose Game, which also released recently, will be very familiar with.
Postal 4 is mixing the old with the new, giving players a new town to explore (with plenty of "dark secrets" to discover), while bringing back some series favorites to The Postal Dude's arsenal, including the Shovel, Gas Can, and the iconic boomerang Machete. Players can get especially nasty with the Spurt’n’Squirt water gun, with "ammo" choices that include water, gasoline, and yes, urine. There's even a canine army to be built if players can come up with enough Doggie Treats to feed them all. Running With Scissors' particular brand of video game humor has clearly been dialed up to 11 for the new release.
The Postal series has a long history of being over-the-top in its violence and treatment of character stereotypes, which has resulted in most of them joining the ranks of games banned in certain countries. Nevertheless, the over-exaggerated nature of the Postal games is completely intentional—and, as the Postal 4 title would suggest, Running With Scissors has "no regerts."
Postal 4: No Regerts is available now for PC.