Serial Cleaners is a crime scene clean up sequel coming in 2021

Draw Distance have announced a sequel to their crime clean-up simulator, with Serial Cleaners revealed for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC, planned for release in 2021.

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It turns out that crime can play, so long as your in the job of cleaning up after other people’s grisly murders. Cleaning up after a murder is a messy job at the best of times – note: I don’t actually have personal experience of this – but it’s particularly tricky if you’re a cleaner, trying to sweep away all the evidence before the cops can collect it.

For the sequel, Serial Cleaners, Draw Distance are making a few changes to the formula. For one, there’s no overarching narrative, with the game set on New Years Eve 1999 with a group of cleaners recounting some of their most thrilling jobs. You’ll play as each of them in turn, reenacting their escapades from the past decade – the original was set in the 1970s.

Despite borrowing the “make the sequel plural” naming convention from Aliens, this game will remain a single player game.

For another, the game ditches the stylised 2D graphics in favour of a 3D isometric view, potentially allowing for more nuance to the stealth gameplay.. That said, it looks like it will try to keep some of the same visual stylings.

I reviewed the original Serial Cleaner, saying:

“Cleaning up someone else’s mess has never been this much fun, and that’s saying something when said mess includes pieces of evidence, corpses and more than a little bit of blood spatter. Serial Cleaner is easy to recommend as a quirky and fun stealth ’em up with a somewhat macabre sense of humour.”

I had a lot of fun with that game, despite a few quirks. It’s quite regularly on a rather hefty discount in sales, so worth checking out if you’ve got a couple quid of store credit to spare on your preferred platform.

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