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Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured But Whole may be out and available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but for people who may have missed out on the game there's a free trial that's currently available for PS4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, PC gamers will be left out of the loop.
The information about the trial was posted over on the Southpark web portal, where it was revealed that gamers will be able to play through the early part of the game with no alterations to the gameplay at all. In fact, it's the full game just restricted to an hour's worth of play.
In the case of South Park: The Fractured But Whole players will be able to create their own character, and perform a variety of missions within the hour time limit. The best part about it is that all of the progress you make in the game during the trial will actually carry over into the full game, if you decide to save your progress and purchase the full thing on Xbox One and PS4.
While some PC gamers might be a bit perturbed at being left out of the loop, some developers in the past have mentioned that it didn't make sense making a trial version for PC when gamers could get in two hours worth of gameplay and then refund the game if they didn't like it. In fact, this is exactly what Arkane Studios suggested for those who asked about a demo for the PC version of Prey. The developers noted that if you really wanted a demo you could just pay for the game, play for two hours and if you don't like it you can just get a refund for it.
However, the issue with the method that Arkane suggested doesn't really fly well with people on a budget who actually don't have the $60 at the moment but would like to consider getting the game when they finally do get the money. The idea of paying upfront for the game and then refunding it within two hours is a huge inconvenience for some people.
In the case of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, PC gamers may have to take that trip down inconvenience road if they want to play-test the game before committing to a purchase.
Oddly enough, it was Electronic Arts and BioWare who actually made a free trial available for Mass Effect: Andromeda, giving gamers an opportunity to pick up and play the game for a limited time before committing to a purchase, even on PC.
If you own an Xbox One or PS4, you can currently grab the free trial version of South Park: The Fractured But Whole from over on the Xbox Store or the PlayStation Store and give it a whirl to see if the mature-themed super hero comedy RPG is your kind of game.