XCOM-like Empire of Sin introduces a character based on John Romero's great-grandmother

Empire Of Sin Elvira
Empire Of Sin Elvira (Image credit: Paradox Interactive)

What you need to know

  • Empire of Sin is an upcoming turn-based game based on mob wars.
  • It's being developed by Romero Games and published by Paradox Interactive.
  • For Mother's Day, the developers have released a video showcasing a new character named Elvira Duarte.
  • Duarte is based on designer John Romero's actual great-grandmother.

Empire of Sin takes XCOM-like gameplay and sets it in a world of mobsters and criminal wars. Some of the mob bosses you'll see include famous real-world characters like Al Capone. For Mother's Day today, the developers at Romero Games shared a new video showing off a character named Elvira Duarte. The catch? She's based on John Romero's real great-grandmother. You can take a look at the video showing Duarte below and listen to how this came to be.

With XCOM: Chimera Squad and Gears Tactics already out, this is shaping up to be a strong year for turn-based tactics games. Empire of Sin is currently scheduled to release on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch sometime later in fall 2020.

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