In South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the upcoming sequel to 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth, players will once again assume the role of the “New Kid” as they team up with Stan, Cartman and the gang. In the Ubisoft RPG, fans can expect the typical ridiculous humour that the TV series is known for.
What fans can also expect from South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a playable female character. Series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone reveal that the game is taking the “very revolutionary” and “very 2016” route of adding a female protagonist, but other characters in the game will treat her differently.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Female Character Revealed
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Matt Stone explains that when they were working on the Girls’ Quest in Stick of Truth, someone asked “what if you want to be a girl?” but “narratively, it didn’t work.” “This time, we obviously wanted to add that,” he says.
However, Stone also adds that:
“But the boys are little boys, because it’s really a story about little boys running around. 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 Trailer (E3 2016) via Ubisoft US
On the one hand, this potentially means that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be chock full of sexism leveled at the playable female character. The TV show is no stranger to borderline offensive jokes (as well as outright offensive ones) and no one could be blamed for thinking that that may end up being the case here.
That said, Stone specifically mentions racism and sexism in media, noting that although superhero franchises are “doing all this inclusive stuff – which is great,” “they don’t have to deal with racism and sexism.” The game’s E3 2016 trailer (which you can see above) also points out Marvel’s reluctance to make a movie starring a black superhero.
It’s entirely possible then, that The Fractured But Whole may discuss sexism and racism in a smart and funny way, so we’ll keep you posted.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on December 6, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.