New South Park Game Tackles Racism in the South Park-iest Way Possible

Published September 9th, 2017 - 11:12 GMT
That "Who is the Coon?" shirt? Not the racism bit. (Ubisoft)
That "Who is the Coon?" shirt? Not the racism bit. (Ubisoft)

Publisher Ubisoft's upcoming RPG South Park: The Fractured but Whole will adjust the difficulty of the game based on the player character's skin color.

A demonstration of the game, based on the long running Comedy Central series, published to YouTube by Eurogamer showed off the character creation process in which the difficulty of the game increases as the player character's skin gets darker and decreases as it gets lighter.

"Don't worry, this doesn't affect combat," the game's narrator Eric Cartman states. "Just every other aspect of your whole life."

The game's developers added that the player character's skin color will also affect the amount of money they receive throughout the game and how other characters speak to them.

The gender of the main character will also have an impact on the game, as its predecessor 2014's South Park: The Stick of Truth only allowed players to select a male character.

If the player selects to be a female character, a special scene in which school counselor Mr. Mackey contacts the character's parents will play.

"Uh, you're a girl? Mmkay, we were under the impression that, uh. Can you just hang on a minute? I just need to call your parents, mmkay? It'll just take a second," Mackey says. "So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?"

The scene players will be given the option to choose whether they are cisgender or transgender, with the second option prompting Mackey to warnthat things will be tougher.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is scheduled to release on Oct. 17 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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