South Park may be back as rude and relevant as ever for its 20th season, but folks hoping to play Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s latest fart-filled video game epic will have to wait just a little longer. It seems production of South Park: The Fractured but Whole has become a bit, uh, backed up, and the game won’t hit its December 7 release date. Publisher Ubisoft issued a brief statement on the delay…
“South Park: The Fractured But Whole will now launch on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC, calendar Q1 2017. The development team wants to make sure the game experience meets the high expectations of fans and the additional time will help them achieve this goal.”
South Park: The Fractured but Whole is a direct sequel to 2014’s The Stick of Truth. While The Stick of Truth mainly poked fun at fantasy, RPG, and gaming conventions, The Fractured but Whole takes on nerd culture and the current glut of superhero movies.
Given 2016’s rather sparse holiday season, this delay is a tough one to swallow, but hey, it’s kind of refreshing to see a licensed game delayed for quality reasons. Stone and Parker are clearly pretty invested in these games, they’ve gone so far as to say South Park will continue in video game form should it ever go off the air, so I’m confident The Fractured but Whole will have a solid release in 2017.