The news that KOTOR 2 and Fallout: New Vegas devs Obsidian are working on a South Park RPG seemed...odd. It's a franchise you wouldn't think lends itself to the genre, and it is a property that's not as commercially relevant as it once was.
But hey, it got signed off for a reason, and that reason is that the whole thing sounds like a ton of time, effort and imagination have gone into the project.
The latest issue of Game Informer, which carries the game as its cover feature, is now out, meaning people have their hands on all the info from the title.
The most important pieces of info? South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have written both the script and the dialogue for the game, and also handed off to Obsidian over 15 years worth of assets accrued over the life of the show.
You'll play as a silent protagonist in an RPG that, rather than simply taking the piss out of video games, will be focusing more on the epicness of the genre. To that end there are character classes, and those classes aren't "kid, kid, kid and fat kid", they're things like Paladin, Wizard, Adventurer and Rogue.
The game will be built on Obsidian's Dungeon Siege III engine, and combat will be based around that found in games like Paper Mario, in that it's a turn-based RPG, but you can time button presses to make things more effective/interesting.
There's plenty more info in the issue of Game Informer, which should be on stands (or at least in subscriber mailboxes) now.