South Park: Stick of Truth was generally heralded as a success, staying truthful to the crass and crazy nature that fans love so much about the show. Even so, between numerous setbacks, delays, switching publishers, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone swearing off video games forever, the future looked bleak for a sequel.
South Park fans can now rejoice, as a new South Park RPG is in the works under Ubisoft San Francisco. Today at Ubisoft's E3 2015 showcase, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been announced as the follow-up to South Park: Stick of Truth.
Ubisoft showed off a brief but exciting video of cutscenes from the game, which shows that the kids' in-game world of LARP-like roleplaying games has shifted from sword and sorcery to their superhero alter egos, "Coon and Friends," battling against Professor Chaos. While little about South Park: The Fractured But Whole is known thus far, Trey and Matt themselves announced that it would revolve around the continuing adventures of the "new kid," the player character from South Park: Stick of Truth.
Additionally, Cartman claims (while utterly destroying the fourth-wall) that the game will be bigger and have better combat, stating that the last game was "barely an RPG." While it's used in-game as a joke, it sounds like the developers will be addressing the complaints regarding how easy South Park: Stick of Truth could be, which might mean that they'll be adding more intense difficulty levels for RPG experts.
While much remains to be seen about the game, Matt Stone and Trey Parker say that they learned a lot about video games towards the end of the title, and that's why they wanted to create a sequel. Many fans were clamoring for the same formula to be applied to the boys' superhero alter egos or their martial art weaponry personas, so it looks like fans are getting their wish.
South Park: Stick of Truth was a ton of irreverent fun, and it's great to see that it's getting a follow-up, especially since the promise of DLC for South Park: Stick of Truth never went beyond costume packs and perks. Since seasons of the television show have become much shorter, hopefully the game can provide South Park fans something to tide themselves by with.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole's release date is TBA, and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.