John Romero’s Empire of Sin: Release date, trailer, gameplay, platforms, pre-orders, and more details

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Doom co-creator John Romero announced Empire of Sin, a brand-new strategy game about Chicago mob bosses, during E3 2019.

What kind of game is Empire of Sin?

Developed by Romero Games and published by Paradox Interactive, Empire of Sin’s a strategy game that “puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago,” according to the original press release.


“It’s up to you to hustle, charm, and intimidate your way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. This character-driven, noir-inspired game puts players smack-dab in the glitz and glamor of the roaring ’20s, letting them thrive in the gritty underbelly of organized crime.”

Empire of Sin Trailer

Romero Games debuted a new trailer on September 17.

Empire of Sin gameplay

The game will feature strategic turn-based combat. “Assemble your gang and shoot it out in turn-based combat to defend and expand your territory,” the game’s website says, “or send a message to opposing gangs.”


You’ll be role-playing as “one of fourteen unique bosses based on fictional and real-world gangsters, [and setting] out to build and manage your criminal empire in Chicago’s infamous prohibition era.”

Empire of Sin platforms and pre-orders

Pre-orders for Empire of Sin went live on September 17, and you can get the game bundled three different ways.

There’s the standard edition, of course. And all pre-orders, including the base game, come with an exclusive mission and “recruitable gangster.”


The “deluxe edition” includes a special mobster pack, with four “notorious recruits for your operation”; three exclusive weapon skins and “Romero” gun sounds; and an exclusive curb-stomp execution.

Finally, there’s a “premium edition” that includes everything from previous bundle as well as two future expansions and, sure enough, Al Capone’s fur coat.

Empire of Sin launches December 1 on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox, and Switch.