If you ask me, there are two American animated TV shows worth your while. There is the family from Springfield, and there is the gang of four boys, whose adventures we have been following for two decades (yes, it’s been that much). Kyle, Stan, Cartman and oh-so-incredible Kenny will surprise us for the 20th anniversary of South Park. Ubisoft confirmed that the release date of the new role playing game South Park: The Fractured but Whole for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 4, 2017.
Superheroes – the South Park Way
In 2012, we had the chance to play South Park: Stick of the Truth which was focused on some weird medieval fantasy. Nothing like that expects us now. Instead, we will see an even more bizarre twist with superheroes at the focus. The story starts with a childhood version of an executive meeting where tempers rise as Cartman’s Coon and Friends super-group can’t agree how to develop their upcoming movies and series. The argument escalates, and they are split into two factions with The Coon leading one side and Mysterion the other.
That’s not the end because Professor Chaos (Butters’ alter ego that strongly resembles Dr. Doom) is planning new evil schemes and preparing his legions of hamster balls and foil-clad underlings. It seems that there is no way out from the situation when the New Kid appears. That’s the name of the protagonist you will control in the game, and your task will be to convince our superheroes to resolve their differences and return the piece to South Park.
If the plot reminds you of a Marvel’s game that was recently released (it would be an injustice if I tell you the name), then you are completely right. We can expect a lot of references to the adult superheroes from other universes and the toilet humour that propelled South Park into success.
Everything You Expected, but Better
When you select a character, you can choose whether to play as a boy or a girl. That means that the dialogue could be different depending on your selection, which in turn means that The Fractured but Whole has significant replay value. Just like the previous instalment, TFBW will be a role-playing game full of action and crude comedy.
The battles that expect you are turn-based and are consisted of all the elements that are traditionally built into games from this genre. The battlefield is grid-based, and you will need to use strategy to find cover depending on the environment, as well to find the best position and moment to attack. Each character has a unique ability that you can use to your advantage.
There are also magic spells involved, and I believe it’s no surprise that you can use your butthole to fart in such a way that you will bend time, which can bring you a massive advantage (and force to bread through your mouth, but it will be worth it). Proper timing will maximize the effect, while you can also collect loot and craft some cool stuff by yourself.
According to what Ubisoft revealed, there will be 12 different classes in South Park: The Fractured but Whole. The Speedster is a nimble striker; Blaster is a ranged damage dealer, while Brutalist is melee bruiser. Aside from that, we will see Cyborg, Mystic, Assassin, Netherborn, Commander, Elementalist, Psychic, Gadgeteer, and Karate Kid. The game will offer you to customize your character as you progress and combine abilities from various classes to build your fighting style.
The Story about a Name
If you watched South Park even once, you know that curse words and stuff like that are pretty normal in the weird cartoon world created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. A funny anecdote they shared revealed that the plan was to name the game The Butthole of Time. Major retailers didn’t like that, so they had to settle for the wordplay used in the final version of the title.
Regardless of that, we can expect South Park: The Fractured but Whole to be packed with the humour and all the weirdness we are used to when it comes to this franchise. Ubisoft revealed that there would be multiple versions available for purchase aside from the standard ones. There will also be some DLCs that will be released throughout the year. The best quirk, in my opinion, is that Ubisoft includes the previous South Park game as long as you buy the new one, which means now is an excellent time to pre-order and play The Stick of Truth while waiting for The Fractured but Whole in October.