'Gotham City Impostors' Launching January 2012, Open Beta Soon

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If "Batman: Arkham City" takes its thematic elements from the more somber tales of the Dark Knight, "Gotham City Impostors" might be loosely based on some wonderfully weird Bob Kane fever dream. Since playing a match at E3 this summer, I've waited with anticipation to spend more time with the upcoming online, competitive multiplayer game. Today comes news of not only an official release date, but an open beta for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users.

"Impostors" isn't your typical licensed Batman title. The game's a team-based, first-person shooter that actually brings Valve's "Team Fortress 2" to mind almost immediately. The comparison lies deeper than the gameplay, as the overall vibe exudes a similarly stylized, absurd feel.

You'll take on the role of an everyday Gotham citizen who just happens to be crazy enough to don homemade costumes aligned with either Batman or Joker. Matches play out in urban environments littered with conveniences like trampolines and small ramps that assist those wearing rocket-powered rollerskates. No, really.

Beyond the visual weirdness and the strange concept of a licensed "Batman" title that focuses heavily on gunplay, "Impostors" is looking like a really promising downloadable title. The bad news? Warner Bros. announced today that you'll have to wait until January 10, 2012 to play the game on either Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC. No word on price yet, but $15 or 1200 Microsoft points seems realistic.

The good news? Monolith also announced an upcoming open beta for console gamers. You can sign up for the beta right now at www.gothamcityimpostors.com, plus follow the official Twitter and Facebook page for more chances to score a beta code.

Will you be getting your hands on Gotham City Impostors? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!