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Developer diaries are articles, sometimes accompanied by videos, published by Romero Games and Paradox Interactive to describe the game design in detail.

Make it Count[edit | edit source]

All developer diaries about the Make it Count expansion and the Precinct update.

No. Title and Link Description Date
31 Loan Sharks & Economy A new way for you to make money in Chicago. 2021-09-28
30 Police, Precincts & Supply Lines Bosses are claiming their territories and setting up supply lines. Meanwhile, the police are preparing for a new way to engage with gangs. 2021-07-27
29 Building a Bespoke Brawler It takes all sorts of criminals to build an underworld. 2021-06-29
28 The Precinct Update Sneak Peek Painting the map - with precincts! 2021-05-20

Post-release patches[edit | edit source]

All developer diaries about the post-release patches.

No. Title and Link Description Date
27 Economy In Empire of Sin, crime pays -- at least once a week. 2021-04-22
26 1.04 Auto-Resolve Gangsters in Chicago have redefined how they fight. 2021-03-25
25 Diplomacy & Gangsters in 1.03 Keeping relations sweet with other bosses. 2021-02-25
24 Public Beta of Patch 1.03 Public betas of new patches. 2021-02-01
23 A Sneak Peek At 1.03 Word on the street says things are shaking up in Chicago’s underworld. 2021-01-28
22 Boss Spotlight: Salazar Reyna The jury’s still out on Salazar Reyna. 2021-01-12
21 The future of Empire of Sin Feedback is appricaited. 2020-12-24
20 Boss Spotlight: Goldie Garneau Due on stage in five minutes when she notices she has blood on her dress. 2020-12-10
19 Empire of Sin Update A thank you from the team. 2020-12-02

Base game[edit | edit source]

All developer diaries about the base game during its early access period.

No. Title and Link Description Date
18 Boss Spotlight: Frank Ragen A face only a mother could love... if she were blind. 2020-11-26
17 Boss Spotlight: Sai Wing Mock Mock is bringing his attitude with him to the streets of Chicago. 2020-11-12
16 Your starting crew The guide on how to hire a couple gangsters and keep some pocket change. 2020-11-04
15 Boss Spotlight: Angelo Genna A real gangster’s gangster. 2020-10-29
14 Boss Spotlight: Maggie Dyer Enough time spent around clowns, swindlers and wild animals gives a person an advantage in navigating the streets of prohibition era Chicago. 2020-10-15
13 Boss Spotlight: Stephanie St. Clair A well-dressed tornado, blown into America from an island in the Caribbean called Martinique. 2020-10-01
12 Boss Spotlight: Al Capone What was 1920's Chicago actually like? Empire of Sin Game Director Brenda Romero sat down and had a chat about the real history of Prohibition with a Pulitzer-prize finalist, Daniel Okrent - author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. 2020-09-17
11 Boss Spotlight: Elvira Duarte A self-made Madam that built her empire from the ground up, with nothing but her own will and determination. Elvira Duarte is based on John Romero’s real life great grandmother, and a real life gangster too! Have a gander at this Boss Spotlight, where John and Brenda Romero accompanied by Katie Gardner talk about Elvira Duarte, Missions and RPG elements in Empire of Sin! 2020-09-03
10 Boss Spotlight: Dion O'Banion Good business is about making your own opportunity, and this mobster sure knows good business. Brenda Romero, Chris King and Katie Gardner take to the streets of West Loop to talk about Diplomacy and to have a sit down with Dion O'Banion - a devout catholic and florist with a predilection for violence, thievery, and deception. 2020-08-20
9 A Real Swell AMA! A selection of questions from the AMA thread on Reddit. 2020-08-06
8 Economics ABC Illegal production and sale of alcohol. 2020-07-30
7 A Strategic Start The early-game strategy out on the street. 2020-07-16
6 Boss Spotlight: Daniel McKee Jackson Let's take a stroll to Near South Side for another Boss Spotlight! Brenda Romero, Chris King and Dave Ryley spill the beans on Daniel McKee Jackson - a funeral director gone mobster boss - as well as on Faction AI! 2020-07-02
5 Boss Spotlight: Mabel Ryley Don't let her appearance fool you, boss. Mrs Ryley here can be just as vicious as she can be kind. Game Director Brenda Romero and Principal Combat Designer Ian O'Neill tell us all about mobster boss Mabel Ryley. 2020-06-18
4 Boss Spotlight: Joseph Saltis From Budapest to Chicago, this wise guy knows a good opportunity when he sees one. Game Director Brenda Romero and Lead Writer Katie Gardner spill the beans on mobster boss Joseph Saltis, aka the Beer Baron of South Side. 2020-06-04
3 Boss Spotlight: Frankie Donovan Look out, Chicago! Game Director Brenda Romero and Principal Combat Designer Ian O’Neill give us the lowdown on mobster boss Frankie Donovan and his crew The Donovans. 2020-05-21
2 This is Romero Games A bootlegger could not hope for a better location or a better crew of people. 2019-07-31
1 Why Brenda Romero Needed to Make Empire of Sin I am fascinated by criminal empires, and I have been as long as I can remember. 2019-07-05

Videos[edit | edit source]

Developer video diaries and developer's let's play sessions on the various aspects of the game.

No. Title and Link Description Date
3 Empire of Sin - Pre-order trailer Does Goldie Garneau have what it takes to run the criminal empire? Will Al Capone see through her vicious plans? Take over Chicago and become a kingpin of the underground, prohibition-era business! 2020-09-17
2 Empire of Sin - Gameplay trailer Pre-beta gameplay footage 2019-08-19
1 Empire of Sin - Announcement trailer Empire of Sin - a character-driven strategy game set in 1920s Chicago 2019-06-11
Main article: Tutorial videos
No. Title and Link Description Date
4 Game Pillars - Management Strategic management is key for running any successful empire, especially a criminal one. In this video we show you how to build and run your own Empire of Sin, with your preferred mix of subtle business acumen, not-so-subtle brutality, and city-wide notoriety. 2020-11-24
3 Game Pillars - RPG There can only be one king or queen of Chicago. How you get there is up to you. Empire of Sin has a lot of roleplaying elements, including quests, missions, and different ways to customize your gangsters. In this video we show you how you can tailor your crew and your empire to suit your own play style. 2020-11-17
2 Game Pillars - Combat As a boss you need to be ready to get your hands dirty. Combat in Empire of Sin is turn-based, and there's a lot to it! In this video, we tell you about crew specialties, boss abilities, hit points and all you need to know to master combat in Empire of Sin. 2020-11-10
1 Chicago Chronicles - The Tutorial An original Scarface and a symbol of a prohibition-era crime boss - yes, that's Al Capone! Join Brenda Romero and Ian O'Neill as they venture through the game tutorial, laying the cornerstone for their Empire of Sin! 2020-09-11