Fans counting down the days to the new season of Comedy Central's South Park, with the season premiere airing on September 13, can watch a massive eight-day South Park marathon, which kicked off this past Wednesday. Next month, fans will get to purchase a new South Park video game entitled South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which, according to a new report, takes this show's brand of satire to a whole new level. Two new videos have been released featuring walkthroughs for the game, which confirm that the game's difficulty level will be automatically increased, if a player chooses a dark-skinned character.
EuroGamer was given early access to the game, posting two new in-depth videos which cover many aspects of the game, both of which you can watch below. The first video explores what players have to do to create their own characters, choosing options in Makeup, Facial Hair, Eyewear, Clothes and Hands. The Eurogamer players, Aoife Wilson and Chris Bratt, who are seen offering their commentary in a split-screen box at the top, finish going through all of these options, and then at the 5:40 mark of this first video, they get to a "Choose Difficulty" section, with their completed character, and a slider bar that goes from "Easy" to "Very Difficult," with the easiest setting being, essentially, white, and the difficulty increasing with the darker you choose to make your character's skin color. During the process, you can even hear the iconic Cartman character offer a brief message, enhancing this satirical feature even more. Here's what Cartman has to say below during this portion of the character creation process.
"Don't worry, this doesn't effect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life."
Aoife Wilson and Chris Bratt also confirmed with the game's developer, Ubisoft, that the skin color and the level of difficulty affects other aspects of the game as well. Ubisoft confirmed that the difficulty level affects how much money your character is given throughout the game, and it also affects how other video game characters react to you as well. In the second video, which clocks in at just over an hour, the satire level is upped once again, with a section featuring the character having a chat with the school counselor, Mr. Mackey, which can ultimately turn into a "retcon" of the previous South Park game, The Stick of Truth.
At the 44-minute mark of the second video, the character has made its way to school, where a chat with Mr. Mackey ensues. During the beginning of the chat, Mr. Mackey asks the character to identify its gender, with three options available, male, female or other. In The Stick of Truth, everyone had to play as a boy, but if you choose the female or other options, it prompts Mr. Mackey to call your character's parents, which leads to this clever bit of dialogue.
"So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?"
After this phone call, Mr. Mackey goes on to explain the difference between "cisgender" (identifying as the gender you were born with) or "transgender" (identifying as a different gender than you were born with). The players chose "transgender," which prompts another call to the character's parents, where another reference to The Stick of Truth is made. Here's what Mr. Mackey had to say in the second phone conversation.
"It still tracks with The Stick of Truth, yes it does. She was definitely a girl the whole time. Yes of course. I get it."
As for the new season, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone confirmed in May they won't address Donald Trump any more in the upcoming 21st season, although no plot details about this season have been confirmed yet. This new season will be a 10-episode season, which has been the format the animated comedy switched to in Season 17, after a split-season format of 16 episodes, with a lengthy hiatus after the eighth episode. South Park Season 21 debuts Wednesday, September 13, with South Park: The Fractured But Whole debuting October 17. Take a look at both of these videos for the new video game below.