Boss: Kalypso Reveal Omerta – City Of Gangsters

The first footage of Kalypso’s Omerta – City Of Gangsters can be seen below. Kalypso report that it’s “a strategy game focusing on the activities of organized crime in Atlantic City in the 1920s”, and it’s looking like an improved version of the engine they used for the recent Tropico games. The boss manages his criminal resources and has a familiar real-time strategic overview of what’s going on in his city. However, we can expect it to be quite different when it comes to gunplay. Kalypso explain a bit more: “The turn-based combat in Omerta – City of Gangsters focuses on the tactical command of “The Boss” and his henchmen. Cover and stealth are essential parts of any shootout in the game.”

Sounds intriguing. It’s set for release at the end of 2012.


  1. Echo Black says:

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    A modern take on that? Sounds like a plan to me!

    • gingerpembers says:

      Ah yes! That is exactly what came to mind for me as well.

      I loved that game, awful interface and controls, but the core concepts and gameplay were brilliant. If this is similar, im all over it!

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      Bluerps says:

      Aah, that’s what it’s called. I remembered that game too, but I thought it had “Mafia” in the title and couldn’t find it…

      • c-Row says:

        There was a game called “Mafia” on the C64 which was pretty similar, so maybe that’s where the confusion came from.

        • BenLeng says:

          I loved Mafia but there was a stupid bug, where you could use counterfeit money to buy even more counterfeit money, so effectively giving you unlimited cash. I vividly remember how disappointed I was after I found that exploit – memory works in strange ways…

    • Jimbo says:

      I loved ‘Gangsters’, even though it was kinda bad and I had next to no idea what was going on.

    • Shazbut says:

      I also enjoyed Gangsters, but couldn’t understand what to do and why I would always start losing around turn 4

    • cw8 says:

      Loved playing Gangsters back then, awesome gameplay.

    • Gnoupi says:

      Ah, Gangsters, I loved the music (link to, I loved the ambiance, and the gameplay.

      But I don’t think I ever managed to pass the 4th week without another gang killing me, in my HQ…
      Never managed to find how to stop them, years ago. I should give it another try, one of these days

    • Danieldsouza says:

      Finely after 11 years of waiting.

  2. El Mariachi says:

    “The Boss?” He prefers just plain “Nucky,” thanks.

  3. wodin says:

    Hurrah another multi player only game I want as single player.

    • ulix says:

      Where the hell does it say it’s “Multiplayer only”? Where does it say it even has multiplayer?

      How would multiplayer even work, with a real time strategic map and turn based combat?

      Ahh, right… it wouldn’t….

  4. yurusei says:

    Reminded me of Evil Genius, for some reason.

  5. netpaydays says:

    “The Boss?” He prefers just plain “Nucky,” thanks.

    Payday Loans

    • westyfield says:

      In lieu of a report button, this dude is totally a spambot. Go about your business.

      • Frosty840 says:

        Really rather unimpressed by the lack of a report button on this new system.

  6. Eukatheude says:

    Not really related, but this reminded me of a similarly themed management game back in the 90’s/early 00’s which i used to play a demo of. I think “The syndicate” was in the punchline or something. You could build stuff and you could control directly some minions if i recall correctly, but not much besides that, i was like 10.

    • JYzer says:

      Sounds like Constructor, or its sequel Street Wars. Great fun they were.

      • Frosty840 says:

        Both available on GOG, both listed as singleplayer but *actually* multiplayer-capable over LAN.

        Gloriously chaotic and vindictive games. First one is bestest.

  7. Ravelle says:

    I enjoyed Tropico 4, excited to see what they’ll bring. :D

  8. sfury says:

    Developed by Haemimont Games – the developers of Tropico 3 & 4.

    Kalypso are just publishing, it really bothers me when the actual developer gets no mention at all – same was when Tropico 3 or 4 got announced. :/

  9. Rawrian says:

    Hmm, Italian Mafia didn’t have a lot of influence in Atlantic City in the 1920, doesn’t quite fit with the “Omerta” name.

    • Secundus says:

      on the other hand boardwalk empire is pretty big . you can bet that they’ll drop an inevitable chicago/new york expansion too

  10. Kollega says:

    A strategy game about the mafia and the Roaring Twenties? That’s really cool, we don’t get enough of those. Even if i won’t be playing it myself, i appreciate the diversity it brings.

  11. Kingmarzo says:

    From the description of the youtube video its going to be gangsters 2 rather than the original which is a shame…

    • CalleX says:

      That would be a real shame as the first gangsters game was far superior with its deep management and economy etc.

    • TNG says:

      Yes, I also thought “Gangsters! Wooohooo!” when I read the article but from youtube it looks more like Gangsters 2 or Gangland…

  12. wodin says:

    The article should state it’s an MMO. Funny enough only yesterday i found some info on the game trawling IGN for any future turn based games. Maybe a petition should be sent requesting single player game. Not that it will achieve anything.

    • Khemm says:

      Wait, WHAT? An MMO? Here I was, thinking we’ll get an awesome turn based game set during the American prohibition era, only to have my excitement immediately crushed!

      Are you sure? The press release mentions multiplayer and single modes.
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    • Kelron says:

      There’s one of those old browser based “MMOs” called Omerta, are you sure you’re not getting them mixed up? This looks like a single & multi player strategy game to me.

    • wodin says:

      Thankgod for that. The info I found last night only stated online only.

      Apparently there will be a 15 hour single pl;ayer cmapign. WHich all said and done isn’t that long and I expect will be tacked on.It is the online game being relaunched and spruced up.

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  13. buzzmong says:

    I know it’s due to the visual theme, but I can’t help feeling they’ve “borrowed” actual art assets from Mafia.