The South Park character creation mechanic for its upcoming game The Fractured But Whole is definitely showing that the game isn’t pulling any punches. For starters, you’ll be asked to choose your skin color, which will affect the game’s “difficulty”. You also get to choose a gender other than boy this time.
However, the difficulty aspect is actually not game-related, but rather a social commentary. As Cartman puts it while you’re making the decision, “Don’t worry, this won’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your life.” Considering the increased incidents involving race that have been cropping up more and more in America, hopefully people get the joke.
According to Ubisoft, the South Park character creation will influence how people talk to you during the game, and the amount of money you receive, meaning that you’ll likely get more insults and less spare change throughout the game if you decide to play as a person of color.
Also included in the game’s character creation is the ability to pick your gender. In the previous South Park game, “Stick of Truth”, you could only play as a boy. However, this time around you can also play as a girl, or go as “other” while speaking to Mr. Mackey, the school guidance counselor.
This means that if you play the Stick of Truth, but pick a girl in this game, characters will remark on how they called you “king”. You also get the chance to pick whether you’re cisgender (as in you identify and were born as a girl) or transgender (if you were a boy but decided to become a girl).
The South Park video games are essentially like hours-longer episodes of the show, so you can expect plenty of the quintessential South Park humor. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be releasing October 17 of this year for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.