Long ago in a generation far away, there was a Ubisoft and Obsidian Entertainment game called South Park: The Stick of Truth. It released for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC back in 2014, and later on for the PS4 and Xbox One to startling acclaim. The oddball turn-based role-playing game even managed to secure itself a follow-up sequel in the form of South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Left out of the mix at the time were Nintendo Switch owners, but only because the console didn't exist back then. However, now that the Nintendo Switch is tearing up the sales charts, some publishers are intent on cashing in on the demographic who enjoy playing while on the go and have announced that South Park: The Stick of Truth is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The game is actually coming out a lot sooner than you may have been anticipating, with a release date on the Switch set for September 25th, 2018. The game will be available for a digital purchase only from the Nintendo eShop or where legitimate Nintendo Switch codes are sold for only $29.99, half the price of the usual AAA outing.
The game is a parody of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and it centers around a fictional war taking place within South Park between humans and elves fighting over the Stick of Truth.
The story centers around a new kid in town, which is the player-character. Your choices and how you craft your character will determine whether you fulfill the prophecy or not. The the main goal is to recover the Stick of Truth while battling alongside the kids from South Park, including Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny.
The game combined traditional crude comedy that South Park is known for with the turn-based battle system found in many other typical CRPGs. One of the highlights of South Park: The Stick of Truth was that all the combat, interactions, exploration, and cinematics were designed to mimic the art-style and design from the original cartoon. So, it felt more like you were playing several episodes of the infamous Comedy Central show rather than just a game based on the show. A lot of this helped in selling the game to potential RPG fans and South Park fans who may have been leery of the project originally.
The port for the Nintendo Switch was handled by South Park Digital Studios, which is an off-shoot collaboration between Viacom, Matt Stone, and Trey Parker. The studio oversees the production of games and digital media products based around the popular brand, which is a departure from when Ubisoft had contracted studios like Obsidian Entertainment to handle the original release of the game.
It seems weird that the first game would be released after the second game, but given that the Switch is a new system, it's not unlikely that we'll be seeing this happen for some games that initially came out during seventh gen but received sequels during the eighth gen.
But, once September 25th gets here you'll be able to purchase both South Park games for the Nintendo Switch from the Ubisoft Store.