Rumored for a couple weeks,Warner Interactive today took the lid off Gotham City Impostors, a downloadable game for XBLA, PSN, and PC. It%26rsquo;s described as a first-person shooter taking place in the Dark Knight's home town and is developed by Monolith (FEAR, Aliens vs Predator 2, Condemned). However, the shooter doesn%26rsquo;t actually star Batman or his rogues. Instead you%26rsquo;ll be playing as a customizable squad of vigilantes that either fall into the camps of the Bats or the Jokerz (though the %26ldquo;z%26rdquo; on the end is regrettable).
Above: This is all you'll currently find on the official site
Currently the official site is detail-free, but some of the GR team were present for the reveal and sent us some early details. Impostors is styled like a grittier Team Fortress 2, with a look close to Arkham Asylum, though more colorful. You create a character starting with one of five body types which define your speed, strength, melee, damage, and durability stats, along with your weapon load out. You also have a set of gadgets to choose from that include skates, grapple guns, glider rigs, and smoke bombs. The first map our guys saw took place in an abandoned amusement park, a very fitting stage as roughly 45 percent of Batman comics take place in that setting (that's a fake number).
We%26rsquo;ll have a full preview soon enough, but this info is interesting, even if you%26rsquo;re initially letdown that you won%26rsquo;t be playing as the Dark Knight himself. And for comic nerds, there are several precedents forthis situationin comic history. Who could forget the Sons of Batman, a team of street warriors from the seminal Dark Knight Returns? And in another alternate Bat-future, there's the gang of street punks known as the Jokerz in Batman Beyond, an animatedseries that was a million times better than it deserved to be. Will Gotham City Impostors follow anythese examples or strike out on its own?
May 16, 2011