Any fan of South Park knows that series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a pulse on just about every dimension of pop culture – including the modern video game industry. Given that, it’s come as a regular surprise (and disappointment) to see just how man downright terrible games have been released bearing the series name.
All that is set to change with the release of South Park: The Stick of Truth , the upcoming RPG sending players on an imaginary quest against the children of the tiny mountain town. Parker and Stone have promised a game that fans will finally embrace, and the newest trailer for the game goes behind the scenes to help explain why.
Fans of the animated series have been fooled in the past, as the South Park characters and name were licensed out to make a quick dollar off of the show’s fame, while the creators were busy making sure the actual show stayed on the air. But now that the series is seemingly beyond reproach, Parker and Stone have set their minds to delivering the game that fans have likely hoped for for years, but may have doubted possible.
In short: a chance to walk through the very same locations and drama that the show has made famous, while enjoying characters, writing, and over-the-top action that would be every bit at home in a regular episode.
What the trailer above makes clear is just how dedicated Parker and Stone have become to doing the show justice in the video game world – unsurprising, since the pair have gone on record as devoted gamers themselves. From the start, it was the pair’s history in gaming that allowed them to have a more hands-on approach, selecting Obsidian Entertainment – a studio with pedigree of its own – to blend the humor and irreverence of the show with well-balanced role-playing and turn-based combat.
A brief preview at E3 was all that was needed to see that the game was on the right track, but any doubts were dispelled when the publishing rights changed hands. With the fall of THQ, Ubisoft snatched up The Stick of Truth, soon after announcing that release would be delayed since the game needed more development time if they “hoped to deliver the experience everybody wanted.” Every bit of gameplay footage since then has seemed to raise expectations, so hopefully the finished product will be up to snuff.
How excited are you to step into the world of South Park? Is the game on your list of anticipated 2014 titles, or is a turn-based RPG not quite the gameplay experience you would’ve preferred? Share your thoughts in the comments.
South Park: The Stick of Truth will release March 4, 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
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