E3 2019: Empire Of Sin, A Prohibition Era Strategy Game, Announced


There were plenty of new game announcements during Nintendo's press conference at E3 2019. One of which was Empire of Sin, a new XCOM-style strategy game developed by Romero Games–an independent studio founded by John and Brenda Romero, the former being most well known for co-founding id Software and his work on Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, and Quake. You can watch the reveal trailer above.

Set in 1920s prohibition era Chicago, Empire of Sin tasks you with building your own ruthless criminal empire by taking on the mantle of one of 14 crime bosses, comprised of both real historical characters and fictional archetypes. "With randomly generated starting conditions, players will have to adapt to survive and do whatever it takes to outsmart, out-gun and outlast their opponents," the official website reveals.

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You'll be able to build a team of loyal mobsters, select a racket–whether it's casinos, union protection or speakeasies–and make a name for yourself in order to expand the territory and influence of your crime family. And when things turn ugly you can face off against rival gangs in turn-based combat where the chemistry of your crew is just as important as the Tommy guns they're wielding.

It also promises a living, breathing recreation of a vibrant 1920s Chicago, with a full cast of characters to schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill. You can make and break alliances, bribe the police, and head to the black market to gain an edge on the competition. Each decision is informed by how you choose to play, as multiple win conditions ensure you can make it to the top with violence, business smarts, or city-wide notoriety.

Empire of Sin is due for release in 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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