Postal 3 Removed From Sale on Steam
Postal 3 gets removed from sale on Steam without any warning whatsoever, though fans of the series don’t seem overly concerned about this issue.
Postal 3 has been delisted from the only platform it’s been available on, Steam. The 2011 release of the generally controversial Postal game series has been widely criticized for a number of reasons, with its review score going as low as “Mostly Negative” on Valve’s gaming storefront.
Though Steam certainly plays host to a number of critically panned titles, Postal 3 was a strange release that didn’t seem to appeal to the vast majority of regular Postal fans either, on top of the franchise’s more broadly unpalatable h&ling of subject matter. Notably, Postal 3 was published by Akella & developed by the Russian company’s in-house studio, Trashmasters. The creator of the Postal franchise, Running With Scissors, was not happy with the game & eventually had a falling out with Akella.
Running With Scissors announced that DRM-related issues have resulted in Postal 3 being delisted from Steam, the only platform it was actually available on. From the studio’s announcement, it seems like there were ways to side-step the ongoing DRM issues, but since Running With Scissors doesn’t have control over Postal 3‘s Steam page or the game’s source code, nothing could be done. Regardless, the original creators of Postal seem content with the situation at h&, & in fairness, franchise fans are likely to have a better time playing the admittedly ridiculous Postal 4: No Regerts instead.
While Postal games have always made their way onto lists of the most controversial video games of all time, one could argue that there’s merit in playing them for the abject ridiculousness of the situations. Heavily satirical, Postal games have always been about the tasteless h&ling of important societal problems, but the third entry never ended up meshing with the franchise’s fanbase.
Steam recently hit a new concurrent user record, counting over 30 million players enjoying PC video games at the same time. The sheer age of the platform & the breadth of content it hosts means that not every game available on Steam is a quality product, & many Postal fans certainly don’t seem to have enjoyed Postal 3 or the way it was h&led. Still, with no word on whether the game will be back up anytime soon, it’s an obviously concerning situation.
Something similar happened in late 2021 when a Denuvo outage made major games totally unplayable for a while. The fact that a DRM server outage can outright disable legal copies of single-player games is a hard pill to swallow. The obvious question, then, is whether Postal 3‘s Act Control server will be back up & running anytime soon & whether this is a sign of things to Approach with a variety of other aging anti-tamper solutions.
Postal 3 is available exclusively on PC.
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