South Park: the Stick of Truth was a raunchy and hilarious gaming surprise in 2014, becoming the third-highest grossing game of that year and finding a spot on a lot of end-of-year top 10 lists. Many have been waiting anxiously to see what would come next from this partnership between Comedy Central and Ubisoft. The Fractured But Whole is the highly anticipated follow-up, once again based on Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s twenty-year-old Comedy Central animated series.
Ubisoft released the trailer online following its premiere at the developer’s showcase conference at E3. The trailer features all of the naughty language and controversial jokes expected from a game based on South Park, only teasing the true crudeness that’s to come for the gamer (be warned that this trailer is NSFW).
Whereas the Stick of Truth focused on parodying fantasy epics like Lord of the Rings, The Fractured But Whole features a grand story following the superhero alter egos of the main cast of kids. Gamers will have a chance to choose between 12 superhero classes like Brutalist, Speedster, Elementalist, and Karate Kid. Your character will be prominently featured is a conflict between Eric Cartman’s the Coon and Kenny McCormick’s Mysterion, deciding the balance in a Captain America: Civil War-esque tiff between two factions of play pretend heroes.
The trailer gives gamers a taste of the laugh-out-loud ridiculousness of this follow-up, in particular the Professor X telekinesis abilities of Timmy. It seems to take the style of Stick of Truth and apply it adeptly to a parody of the ever-popular superhero genre, as there’s much talk about “ruining the franchise.” As with the last game, Parker and Stone have worked tirelessly with Ubisoft to create a game that is not only entertaining, but authentically South Park with its dozens of references and Easter eggs referring to the long-running show.
The game was originally slated to release in December of 2016, but was pushed back to make sure that it reached the high expectations of the fans. We now know that South Park: The Fractured But Whole (say the title out loud for a good chuckle) is currently in development and will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows on October 17.