With the release date for South Park: The Stick of Truth inching tantalisingly close, Obsidian and Ubisoft have released an illuminating behind the scenes video for the game. Yes, there are a few f-bombs – this is South Park, not The Simpsons.
Quietly fascinating in the same way as 6 Days to Air, the new video highlights some of the more difficult parts of the development process and proves Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s personal involvement in the project. Seeing the once 850 page script tower on a desk or hearing Matt and Trey talk about wanting to capture the “authentic crappiness” of the show just shows how much of a labour of love the game is for South Park’s creators.
Appearing to play very much like an interactive episode, The Stick of Truth looks to have the show’s trademark candid humour and aesthetic nailed – how its exploration and combat systems mesh together remains to be seen. Combat is a Paper Mario-esque turn based affair that rewards skilfully timed player input, or as Matt Stone puts it, “it was really important that you didn’t just press a button to fart but that it was analog. You need to, like, feel it go out of your asshole.”
Exploration of the town will be one of the big draws for show fanatics – with ample fan service and call backs to seventeen seasons of the TV show, there looks to be much joy in simply immersing yourself in the crudely animated world of South Park.
All signs point to South Park: The Stick of Truth getting much higher than a f*cking four on Gamespot. Expect a full review from TwinStickGaming soon!
South Park: The Stick of Truth launches on March 4th in the US and March 7th in Europe on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
You can watch the South Park: The Stick of Truth behind the scenes video below.