There’s a new Batman game in town and it’s concept might shock the crap out of you. At least for the diehard Batfreaks. It’s a first-person shooter set in Gotham City. That’s right, an FPS involving the ever vigilante, anti-gun, Batman. Crazy, right? Well the more I read it might just be the good kind of crazy.
Gotham City Imposters is a multi-player FPS set in Batman’s home turf where players can create heroes or villains inspired by the caped crusader or his nemesis, the Joker. Then players get to shoot the shit out of of each other, fun right? I think this concept is brilliant.
Recently Erik Eckstein previewed the game for G4 and he gives us some insight on the game play,
Picture your typical downloadable shooter like Blacklight Tango Down or Breach, yet before panicking, picture it full of customizable Batmen and Jokerites. Players can fully tailor how their particular hero or heroine looks, from cosmetic choices like gloves, capes, and cowls to weapon and gadget loadouts. Pick a Nimble body type, and you’ll move quick, but Tough bodies take more damage. Adopt a grapple gun, and you’ll be able to ascend to a high vantage point, but if you race around on roller skates, you’re a lot faster on the ground.
You’ll be able to choose from a variety of guns (shotguns, assault rifles, rocket launchers, sub-machine guns), support weapons like pipe bombs, boomerangs, and revitalizing energy drinks, and gadgets like the aforementioned grapple gun or glider rig, which lets you float further when jumping/falling. These weapons can also have mods attached to them, so you can tweak a rocket launcher to fire multiple rounds, for example. All of this is gained through various unlocks in the game; the more you progress, the more opens up.
You can join one of two gangs, the Bats or Jokerz, and then you simply waste each other in online matches. I couldn’t really allow myself to make a Bats gang member, I know guns aren’t his style. But a Jokerz member?! Oh, I’m all over that. I’ve already created my Joker-devoted villain in DCU Online, why not branch out into GCI? Plus, GCI sounds like a great pick-up any time game. You play whenever you feel like shooting things, ever have those days? I also can’t help but be sucked in by the promise of so much customization. Creating and developing my character in the DC Universe was, by far, my favorite part of DCU Online.
Created by Monolith Productions, the same guys behind FEAR, in a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive, and a storyline penned by none other than Jim Lee. This is full of win right? As of now no release date has been announced but it will be available for XBLA, PSN, and PC.
Intrigued by this Gotham-based FPS? I’m already hooked and I haven’t eve seen a bit of footage.We do have this great image of character concept art, available below the cut, check it out.