Ubisoft bought the rights to South Park: The Stick of Truth when THQ declared bankruptcy in January. We were worried the Obsidian-developed RPG might not get finished after it was delayed a year and THQ crumbled. Now the E3 trailer pokes fun at their own setbacks by promising the game will come “this holiday season, or some holiday season, hopefully kind of soon. You know how video games are.”
As with the NSFW trailer from last year, we can’t tell which parts are cutscenes and which parts are gameplay. This may be because Obsidian was rumored to have 15 years of assets from South Park given to them by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This is the first South Park game for which Parker and Stone wrote the script.
South Park: The Stick of Truth lead designer Matt MacLean said the game’s combat system will be similar to Paper Mario, meaning that properly-timed button-pressing yields better results. He also said the weapons are stuff kids could realistically find or make. The player is a “new kid in town” who can choose from one of five player classes: wizard, paladin, adventurer, rogue, or Jew. Guess which character named that last player class.
The Xbox One version will be a different game called the “All Roshambo Edition” in which players only kick each other in the crotch while the Kinect sends footage of their fight to the NSA. Microsoft assumed Xbox One buyers are masochists anyway, so this is just the immersive, synergistic experience the end user was clamoring for. Television.
And now, some classy screencaps: