Here’s a good look at Empire of Sin’s strategic X-COM-esque gameplay

No longer just a CGI gangster movie

The announcement of Empire of Sin kind of came out of nowhere in the least expected place: the Nintendo E3 presentation. Created by the team of Brenda and John Romero, the gangster sim will have plenty of RPG and strategy elements at play, as revealed by the latest trailer straight out of Gamescom.

Brenda Romero notes that she was “always fascinated by this time period,” and will incorporate a “ridiculous amount of research” (including a cameo from John’s great grandmother). John explains that the main resources are “money, alcohol, and time,” as you try to build the best empire. Characters can take on different personas or storylines, including “becoming serial killers or falling in love” – I wonder if those are mutually exclusive.

Empire of Sin is slated for release in “spring 2020” on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

Chris Carter
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