First announced during E3 2019, Empire of Sin is a turn-based game in the style of XCOM. but with a distinctive setting. The action takes place in Prohibition-era Chicago, and players will manage the affairs of their own gang of bootleggers. The action plays out from an overhead perspective, and also features a larger strategic layer. The game calls to mind Romero’s work on the classic Jagged Alliance series, which feathered in strategic elements alongside turn-based action and a narrative campaign.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! We have an update regarding the release of Empire of Sin: pic.twitter.com/5EMq7QZYCU— Empire of Sin (@EmpireOfSinGame) February 18, 2020
“As any good bootlegger knows,” Romero said in a tweet, “good liquor can’t be rushed and the same goes for game development. [...] We appreciate all your support so far, and trust that you understand why choosing quality over speed is important. After all, everyone knows you gotta stay sharp to make it in Chicago.”
Polygon included Empire of Sin in our list of the 50 most anticipated games of 2020 alongside titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 and the remake of Final Fantasy 7. The game will be released for Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.