The original This Is The Police brought a unique balance of procedural police investigation and resource management when it was ported over to Nintendo Switch last year, and it was clearly a great fit because publisher THQ Nordic and developer Weappy Studio has confirmed the sequel - This Is The Police 2 - is slated for release on PC and consoles later this year.

Unlike the inner city setting of the first instalment, TITP2 operates out of the remote and snowy border town of Sharpwood, where smugglers, gangs and worse have made themselves at home. You'll strap on the the boots of new sheriff Lilly Reed, who has to contend with Sharpwood's criminal underworld, its unusual inhabitants and her own uncooperative colleagues. There's been plenty of tweaks to the gameplay, including adding distinct personalities to each member of your police force. The official synopsis has us sold...

"Just like the first game, This Is the Police 2 is a mixture of adventure and management genres, and this time it enjoys further unexpected mechanics that will strengthen both the strategic and tactical parts of the game. It won’t be enough just managing the equipment of your policemen and keeping in mind their individual skills. Every challenge requires the player’s direct participation, and the outcomes will depend on every decision you make. Now your subordinates aren’t just some resource; they are living people with their own strengths, weaknesses, fears and prejudices, and you'll have to reckon with all these things in order to survive."  

With a release tentatively penciled in for 2018 on Nintendo Switch, This Is The Police 2 looks to be an arresting, Fargo-esque new experience. Let us know what you think of this announcement...