For some ungodly reason WB Games have decided to move forward with a new Batman game that is somehow a spin-off of sorts instead of being a proper adventure like Batman: Arkham City. Hinted earlier this year in the form of some retail listings which soon led to several unique domain registrations, WB Games will be releasing Gotham City Impostors this year on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC.
The big catch with Gotham City Impostors is that the game is a 4 vs. 4 FPS. Yes, after nearly twenty years in the world of video games, a developer and publisher out there have finally figured out how to do a shooting game set in the Batman universe, which I guess gels with this generations focus on blowing stuff up. Now Gotham City Impostors doesn’t break Batman’s main vow not to use guns as gamers won’t be playing as Batman at all – at least not the true Batman. As the name implies, gamers will play as vigilantes who are modeling themselves after the heroic Batman and the crazed yet calculating loony bin that is the Joker.
Developers Monolith Productions (you know, the folks who made the first two F.E.A.R. games) will allow gamers to not only customize the weapon loadout of their character, but their appearance as well. So instead of seeing four gamers dressed up in the same Batman costume, gamers can opt for reportedly “insane” costume options and gadgets. Full details haven’t been disclosed as to the weapons roster (the game was demoed to press but I’m left out in the wind as always) but it was revealed that during one multiplayer match a player on the Batman team was armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and pipe bombs. This definitely isn’t your average Batman game.
Animated Batman is perplexed by this news.
While I haven’t seen a single peep of footage or art from Gotham City Imposters, the game just sounds really weird right now. I think that gamers across the globe have a certain expectation now when it comes to the Batman games they receive thanks to what Rocksteady did with Batman: Arkham Asylum. While Gotham City Imposters is a completely different genre from what Rocksteady did with their game, I just don’t know what to think of this 4 vs. 4 FPS concept at all. On one hand if the game goes for a totally crazy vibe in which gamers can dress up with the Batman costume from the 1960s TV series or Frank Miller’s design of Batman from The Dark Knight Returns then I may be up for the game. Even if Gotham City Impostors goes for a gritty look and has Batman costumes reminiscent of the Batman copycats seen in The Dark Knight, then maybe the game could be a nice off-beat title to experience instead of being Punisher: No Mercy 2.0.
A release date for Gotham City Impostors wasn’t given, but the game is likely to drop later this year and will be exclusive to the PSN, XBLA and PC.