It appears “Sir Douchebag” won’t be the only douchebag in the upcoming South Park game.
The news comes from Entertainment Weekly who sat down with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who in turn revealed that players will have an option to choose the gender of the “new kid” this time around.
The reveal came up while the duo were talking about Marvel’s superhero films (superheroes being the theme of The Fractured But Whole), “you can tell they stay away from anything too edgy or political. We’ve had this issue. In other video games, you can choose to be black, you can choose to be a girl. In our game, we’re finally gonna do that. You can be a girl. Very revolutionary. Very 2016 of us.”
“In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. The Girls were a faction in the fantasy world. And then someone’s like, ‘What if you want to be a girl?’ Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to shitcan the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add 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.”
Further in the interview, the duo revealed that this addition led to “quite a bit more work.” Stone then went on to reference that it in The Division characters treat you the same if you play as a man or woman, South Park: The Fractured But Whole will avoid this by tailoring a unique experience for players who chose to play as a female protagonist.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is set to release on December 6th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The official 467th reason that I will be playing through this game at least twice.
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.