Children. Cute, wonderful bags of joy that make you feel safe at night knowing that your genetic legacy is secure. Not actually. Look, children are monsters. Absolutely vicious little creatures like straight out of a Gremlins movie, with the social hierarchy of lil’ Hitler cartoon. The second kids spot something different in their world, they pounce on it. And that goes double for the gap between boys and girls.
Point is, is that South Park: The Stick of Truth was very much a boys-only game when it was released in 2014. Sure, Kenny was going through his princess phase, but the game had a very strong dose of the Y chromosome throughout it. This year, the boys are playing superhero, but that’s not a genre that’s exclusive to that gender. Because the girls are also suiting up. And you can be one of them, if you’re ready to deal with some weird interactions.
A feature that almost made it into the first game, says South Park co-creator Matt Stone. “In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. [The Girls] were a faction in the fantasy world,” Stone said to Entertainment Weekly via Kotaku.
And then someone’s like, ‘What if you want to be a girl?’ Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to sh**can the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add that.
Playing as a girl in the Fractured But Whole, introduces complexities to the social structure of the boys of South Park that weren’t around in the first game. “The boys are little boys, because it’s really a story about little boys running around,” Stone said.
So they don’t care about [your character being a girl]? That seems weird. They always seemed to care about it in the show. Are they dumb about it, and they don’t know? So you’re in hiding? Or do they totally care about that, and totally treat you differently? So we ended up doing those things differently for different characters.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole drops on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on December 6, Ubisoft San Francisco crafting this sequel. I just wish the collector’s edition included a replica Alabama Man action figure.
Last Updated: June 21, 2016