One of my E3 highlights was when Ubisoft showed more of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the ridiculously titled sequel to Stick of Truth. Everything they’ve said since then has been just as exciting.
For example, South Park maestros Trey Parker and Matt Stone confirmed later last week that unlike the first game, you won’t just be restricted to a boy character in The Fractured But Whole—you’ll be able to play as a girl, too. Naturally, this will have an effect on how your character interacts with Cartman and the other boys, which could be hilarious, if they handle it right.
Said Matt Stone in a delightful interview with Entertainment Weekly:
In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. [The Girls] were a faction in the fantasy world. And then someone’s like, “What if you want to be a girl?” Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to sh– can the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add that.
But the boys are little boys, because it’s really a story about little boys running around. So they don’t care about [your character being a girl]? That seems weird. They always seemed to care about it in the show. Are they dumb about it, and they don’t know? So you’re in hiding? Or do they totally care about that, and totally treat you differently? So we ended up doing those things differently for different characters.
It actually turned out to be quite a bit more work. I’m also playing The Division – I’m not just saying that because it’s Ubisoft. I made the character look like my wife, just because I thought that was funny, running around New York shooting people looking like my wife. But the game doesn’t treat you that differently. The guys still shoot you. The game doesn’t really react that much differently. That’s cool for that kind of game. It’s been a funny journey to go through, introducing something that we thought would just be a cool feature. You’re a girl! But now they’re going to treat you different.
They’ve also switched up the combat system from Stick of Truth, adding grids and tactical decisions in what looks way more like Fire Emblem than Paper Mario.
I didn’t get to see the behind-the-scenes E3 demo for Fractured But Whole—Ubisoft’s got us blacklisted and all—but I am beyond excited to play this game. In fact, it’s the first game I’ve ever pre-purchased. Mostly to get a copy of Stick of Truth on PS4. Worth it.