Romero Games and Paradox Interactive have released a new gameplay trailer for Empire of Sin, their new character-driven strategy game set in the 1920s.
If you fancy yourself a Mafia boss, this is the game for you. You build your own criminal empire and one of fourteen bosses trying to thrive in the underworld of 1920s Chicago. Randomly generated starting conditions mean you have to adapt to what you’re faced with and simply try to outlast your rivals.
Your empire is built up on the backs of various illegal enterprises, whether union skimming, casinos or speakeasies, and you need to defend this with teams of loyal mobsters on the streets. If it comes to it, you can send your goons to duff up the enemy in turn-based combat, but you could just as easily try and influence those around you with alliances, bribing cops and trading on the black market. There’s multiple ways to get ahead.
Here are some of the key features of the game.
Build A Crime Empire: Raise your criminal empire from the ground up by establishing rackets in your neighborhood (be it speakeasies, breweries, brothels, union skimming, protection rackets, or casinos) and recruiting a team of loyal mobsters to make your mark on the streets. Once you make a name for yourself, expand your influence by taking over rival territory and adding more ventures to your repertoire.
Explore a Living, Breathing City: Take to the streets of vibrant 1920s Chicago and its distinct neighborhoods, such as Little Italy or West Loop, with real historical landmarks and events. Interact with a full cast of over 60 living, breathing characters with backgrounds that inform how they react to what you or other characters do. Each recruitable character has traits and relationships that significantly affect gameplay and vice versa. Schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill them to get your way.
Defend and Expand Territory: If it comes to blows, hypothetically of course, and your posse needs to send a message, face off in brutal turn-based combat. Recruit your goons strategically to build a strong chemistry within your crew to maximize combat damage and help secure your hold on the city.
Wield Your Influence: Make and break alliances, bribe cops, and trade on the black market to gain an edge and expand the influence of your crime family. But always keep your enemies close and ensure you have a mole on the inside and eyes everywhere.
Dominate the Neighborhood: Whether you make it to the top with violence, business smarts, or city-wide notoriety, there are a number of ways to become King or Queen of Chicago. With various starting conditions and constantly changing crew dynamics, no two playthroughs will ever be the same.
Empire of Sin will launch on PC, Mac, Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Spring 2020.