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Last year's hit RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth is getting a sequel. Ubisoft revealed South Park: The Fractured But Whole during their E3 press conference.
The Fractured But Whole once again stars the New Kid, a character customized by the player. However, the game isn't a medieval fantasy adventure like Stick of Truth. Instead, it has a super hero theme.
"South Park: The Fractured but Whole will enable players to delve into the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park with Coon and Friends," Ubisoft said. "This dedicated group of crime fighters was formed by Eric Cartman, whose superhero alter ego, The Coon, is half man, half raccoon. As The New Kid, players will join Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and a host of others to battle the forces of evil while Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history."
Today's announcement didn't mention many gameplay details. We do know of a couple major changes from the first game, though. The first is the developer. Obsidian Entertainment won't be returning for Fractured. Instead, development will be handled by Ubisoft San Francisco.
The other big change is the game's platforms. While the PC is still in the mix, the PS3 and Xbox 360 aren't. Ubisoft has decided to release the game on PS4 and Xbox One instead. I suppose that could mean a boost in the game's visuals but it needs to look like the cartoon so there's only so much you can do on that front.
Stick of Truth's biggest strengths were the script and the voice acting. That should be the case for the sequel as well. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, are said to be "involved in every step of the development of the game."
Hopefully Ubisoft can tighten up the RPG side of the game as well. While it's a hilarious adventure, I did feel like the combat and side quests were a bit too thin. If the developers can shore up those aspects of the game, Fractured But Whole could be a very special game.
Expect South Park: The Fractured But Whole to debut on all platforms in 2016.