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The early 1920’s – a time in United States’ history where prohibition crafted an even stronger presence for mafias. Coupled with noir/detective fiction showing just how gritty the world truly is, this is the world that Paradox Interactive and Romero Games have picked for their next strategy game. Welcome to the Empire of Sin, a 1920’s Prohibition-era Chicago that will have you involved in the black market network of alcohol and more while being charmed by the glitz and glam reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.

Releasing Spring 2020 on the Nintendo Switch, Empire of Sin made a brief appearance during Nintendo’s E3 Direct. Its site went live afterward, where more details are shared on the game’s main story and what is expected of us to become Chicago’s version of the Godfather:

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 roaring 20s all while working behind the scenes in the gritty underbelly of organized crime.

Raise your criminal empire from the ground up by selecting your racket of choice (be it speakeasies, union protection, or casinos) and building 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.


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.


Explore the streets of vibrant 1920s Chicago and interact with a full cast of living, breathing characters each with lives of their own that inform how they react to what you do (or don’t do). Schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill them to get your way.


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.


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.

Ready to enter a crime world and rise to the top? Be ready next year when Empire of Sin is available on Nintendo Switch.

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)