Video games might be the future of South Park

South Park creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone have teased that video games might be the main platform for the long-running TV show in the future.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone appeared at E3 this year to showcase their new game South Park: The Fractured But Whole. The game received a new trailer along with a sizeable gameplay demo at the Ubisoft Press Conference, and has gone on to receive many show accolades. Further, despite that the show is set to air its 20th season later this year, Matt and Trey have suggested that the show could switch entirely to the video game format.

In an interview with EW at E3, Trey Parker and Matt Stone revealed that after the success of the 2014 video game South Park: The Stick of Truth, they were motivated to pursue the gaming market.

“What really surprised us, and what we really learned from The Stick of Truth, was how, for many people around the world, that was their first exposure to South Park,” said Parker.  

Further in the interview the duo revealed that they had the option of doing a movie instead of a new game, but opted for the new game instead, citing their background as gamers and the importance of gaming in South Park as factors in that decision.

When discussing the series’ future, Parker suggested a semi-serialisation on TV and a concentration on the gaming world might be in the cards.

“We… know that [gaming] might be the future of South Park,” he said. “This might be where things are going.”

Matt added, “I think in 20 years, 10 years, people will be playing more. That convergence of entertainment, whether it’s VR or a more immersive thing. Maybe that is the future of South Park.”

My Opinion:

I’m very much a lapsed South Park fan, in regards to the television show at least. I watched every episode until season 15, but have since fallen into a few episodes here and there trance. That being said, South Park: The Stick of Truth was my second favorite game in 2014, and as someone who prefers video games over television, this is exciting news.

Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.

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