Since its inception, South Park has never shied away from biting social commentary and controversy. The upcoming RPG from Ubisoft, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, is certainly no exception, even featuring some clever social commentary right at the start of the game during the character creation process. As it turns out, the darker the player’s skin tone in South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the more difficult the game will be.
This clear reflection of racism in modern society is represented by more than just making enemy encounters harder. In South Park: The Fractured But Whole, playing as a person of color has an adverse effect on the amount of money players can earn in the game, and it will also change the way NPCs interact with the player. As Eric Cartman himself puts it during the character creation process:
“Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.”
South Park: The Fractured But Whole‘s social commentary extends beyond racism. It also embraces the idea of gender identity, with players able to play as a female character, even though they were forced to be a boy in the first game. When they select the gender of their character, players can even choose between playing as transgender or cisgender.
These unique character customization options should help South Park: The Fractured But Whole stand apart from the other RPGs. It is likely the first game to increase the difficulty based on one’s skin color, and it is also one of the first games to allow players to take direct control of a transgender character.
It’s clear that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will have no shortage of clever social commentary, but those that prefer lowbrow humor will have plenty to look forward to as well. After all, the main character is able to explore the environment and attack enemies using magical farts, so there should be a little something for everyone in South Park: The Fractured But Whole, regardless of their comedic tastes.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will launch on October 17th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.