While keeping its narrative legacy intact, in Serial Cleaners we greatly expand on the ideas of the original game, Serial Cleaner. Instead of presenting the player with simple puzzle-like steps, we decided to present them with a set of tools and abilities to choose from – and improvise with. Let your imagination run wild and you will surely find your own way to cover up those pesky crimes!
Whether you want to sneak or sprint through the level, swipe the evidence or slice it to pieces, we’ve got you covered. The game becomes much more open with a wide range of contextual interactions and more involved law enforcement. While the overall complexity increases, the heart of our original game – cleaning up the scene – is still there and feels better than ever.
Four different cleansers mean four unique perspectives. As Bob builds on his good old tricks of the trade, tweaked and improved with the new environment in mind, we’re bringing three distinct new playstyles to the game. There’s Psycho’s brute strength, Lati’s agility and awareness, and Vip3r’s advanced technical skills. Each mission is linked to one of the cleaners and reveals a piece of their checkered history over the decade.
Choosing the 90s as our timeline opened a door to a unique zeitgeist for us. Quirky Basquiat-esque street art mixed with our new spin on cult crime thrillers, Tarantino classics and B-movie action movies allowed us to portray the 90s as the decade as it was in the era – full of brightly colored optimism… and the grime beneath it all.
It is only natural that all this is accompanied by an appropriate soundtrack. There’s that raw ’90s punk nonconformity, the sound of many genres that defined the turn of the last century – from East Coast hip-hop to industrial metal and a sea of electronic music. From Beastie Boys and Wu-Tang Clan, through Orbital and Prodigy, ending with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Each of the cleaners represents a part of this musical tapestry, which makes their respective musical scores unique.
Such an eclectic aesthetic required someone with a deep tissue level of understanding of what made the 1990s sound what it was. That’s why we partnered with the amazing Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Nine Inch Nails, Puscifer and others).
What made Joshua’s work truly magical was his idea of not only riffing on existing well-known tracks, but trying to recreate the ecosystem of musical styles rooted in 1990s subcultures. styles that were all intertwined and influenced each other in exceptional ways, resulting in a varied, distinct, yet unmistakable aesthetic of the decade – an aesthetic that Josh was uniquely qualified to replicate since, well, he lived it.
Serial Cleaners is a bizarre crime story with a cheeky twist on a sage fantasy. As you clean up after New York’s evildoers, you get a glimpse of the sins rooted in the fabric of the city. But whatever ? You are a professional, one of the best in the business. You are here to solve problems. No matter the case, no matter the cost.
Is not it?
Serial Cleaners will launch on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on September 22.