Omerta: City of Gangsters trailer shows Prohibition-era Mafia wars

Omri Petitte

What does Omerta mean? Why, it's the unspoken code of silence against authorities adopted by "businessmen" and owners of nondescript "laundromats." It's also the name of a new turn-based strategy game in development by Tropico 3 and 4 developer Haemimont Games.

Taking place in the booze-strapped streets of Atlantic City in the 1920s, Omerta tasks players with carving a niche for themselves within the city's booming criminal underworld while climbing the Mafia food chain from a lowly thug to the boss of all bosses. Expanding territory involves constructing garishly decorated safehouses, supervising sleepy-eyed henchmen, and -- you guessed it -- mowing down rivals with a little lead persuasion. That's certainly one form of omerta we all understand.

Omerta: City of Gangsters releases this fall at an as-yet unspecified date.

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