After waiting for what feels like forever, it was revealed that not one, but two South Park games are on the horizon. The newest RPG will be The Fractured But Whole, and will follow on the heels of the 2014 surprise hit, The Stick of Truth. The game was originally scheduled to come out in time for the 2016 holiday season, but multiple delays pushed the release date back for nearly a full year. It has now been confirmed that the game will be available October 17, 2017.
South Park: The Stick of Truth surprised everyone upon its release by upending expectations to be a surprisingly deep and ambitious RPG. The game showcased a robust, turn-based battle system and a hilariously detailed story that brought the show to life on consoles and PCs. Now Ubisoft is hoping to get lightning to strike twice, but it set the bar awfully high for the The Fractured But Whole. Where The Stick of Truth was based in a world of high fantasy similar to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, the newest title will skewer the ever-popular superhero genre. Instead of using the same battle system as Stick of Truth, the newest game will feature more strategy with a grid-based system to add even more depth to the turn-based combat.
As mentioned, South Park: The Fracture But Whole was set to arrive in time for the 2016 holiday season, but was delayed for nearly an entire year, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere. Expectations are high for The Fractured But Whole so it makes sense that they would want to hold off in order to get everything just right. The game adds even more classes in a superhero epic centered on the popular Coon and Friends storyline from the series. Basically, two factions of the South Park kids battle it out in a parody of the popular movie, Captain America: Civil War.
This isn’t the first time that they’ve made a game featuring the boys’ superhero alter egos. The show has also been featured in a number of casual online games based on both the original show as well as their super-powered personas. These games are South Park-themed spins on the popular slot reel format that feature the show’s colorful cast. They look to provide players with familiar favorites by licensing popular shows in addition to movies and other major video games. The titles also help to bring these iconic franchises to the small screen, but they’re not the only mode of entertainment to adapt South Park to mobile devices.
Ubisoft also revealed at this year’s E3 that there is a brand-new mobile game in the works, South Park: Phone Destroyer. The game will allow fans to play with all their favorite characters in a variety of different classes in a real-time strategy game. Phone Destroyer is scheduled to be released on October 17, the same day as The Fractured But Whole.
It’s been a long wait for South Park fans, but it seems like it’s all been worth it. With not one but two games scheduled to come out this fall, devotees of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long-running comedy series have a lot to look forward to. We only hope that the games can live up to the lofty expectations.