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City Impostors the video game

If you like Batman and you like video games, I have some good news for you. Patrick over at sister siteGiant Bomb mentioned that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced Gotham City Impostorstoday, a downloadable, first-person, competitive multiplayer Batman game.

While details are sparse, the game is said to have “insane costumes, homebrewed gadgets and a wide range of traditional and imagined weapons.” There will be an army of Batmans (or Batmen?) against and army of Jokers.

The idea of Batman fighting a bunch of Jokers isn’t something new. We’ve seen this in Batman Beyond with the Jokerz and recently in Detective Comics 867-870. Could this game be closely tied to this story arc?

The story in the comic deals with a man namedWinslow Heath. He was a normal Gotham Cityresident who, along with his fiancée Beth, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Batman was chasing the Joker while the two lovebirds were having a romantic time in a remote spot on the rooftop of a building. Joker threw a container filled with his Joker Venom as a distraction. When Batman went to save Winslow, he was unaware that the gas was making its way to Beth as well. Winslow was taken to the hospital, unable to articulate that his fiancée was still on the rooftop.

Winslow was stuck in the hospital for years, unable to communicate while they tried procedure after procedure to find some sort of cure for him.

When he was finally able to leave the hospital, albeit with a white Joker face, he returned to his private spot on the rooftop to find Beth’s skeletal remains still there. This gave him the hunger for revenge against Batman and his city.

Heath unleashed his own less toxic version of the Joker Venom and soon an army of Jokers were causing havoc resulting in innocent casualties.

This lead to someone calling out to the citizens of Gotham dressed as Batman to reclaim the streets. Soon there was an “army of Batmans fighting an army of Jokers.”

The kicker was the man dressed as Batman that called for the citizens of Gotham to arm themselves against the Jokers was actually Winslow Heath. Yeah, he was playing both sides.

Whether or not this will be the true premise ofGotham City Impostors remains to be seen. It sounds like it would fit perfectly and save the game creators from having to come up with another reason for an army of both to exist. It’s set for release through Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC. Does this sound like a good concept for a game?

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