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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Dev Diary Outlines Combat Changes and Origins

By   /   Jul 23, 2016

South Park: The Fractured But Whole recently received a new behind-the-scenes footage with Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and the Ubisoft team discussing how the studio is aiming to deliver something better than the Stick of Truth.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Combat Changes and Origins

Basically The Fractured But Whole happens the very next day after the Stick of Truth with the same character. And although the kid rose to prominence in the Stick of Truth, he is a nobody again and must work his way up, like a perfect role-playing game.

“So there’s Stick of Truth, and this literally happens like the next day in town, and you’re still that same character. You’re still that kid that did all that stuff with the stick, and now something new is happening in town, and so even though you’ve really risen to prominence in the Stick of Truth game, they’re all like well you can’t play this with us, you’re nobody again. Just seems like a perfect RPG thing of like ‘you’re this big and powerful person’ and now you’re nothing and you’ve got to work your way back.”

While the Stick of Truth was praised on so many levels, it had it did have its flaws i.e. combat mechanics. This is something the developers took to heart and are working on to amend it.

“I started going back and watching Pewdiepie play Stick of Truth and it was just the best material I could have, because it was like I was watching an audience member play it and what they were thinking about it. He would go ‘well, this part’s lame’ and I’m like ‘okay, that part’s lame’ you know and like it was just great to have that as a resource.”

And so, the developers decided to make the combat more tactical in place of simple turn-based combat. The Fractured But Whole is bringing a mix of fun and tactical combat which will not feel too complex at the same time.

“We knew we wanted to keep turn-based, because that works really well for timing and comedy and allows us, like, the conceit of the boys playing a game within a game, but we definitely wanted it to be version 2.0.”

One of the most interesting detail, however, is how the game’s name The Fractured But Whole came into existence. I definitely recommend checking out the entire behind-the-scenes footage attached above – it is very well done!

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is scheduled to release on Dec. 06, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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