Warning! The trailer and content of South Park: The Fractured But Whole is rated 18. It contains humour and language some may find offensive.
The multi-platform follow up to 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth turns away from the fantasy theme and has the kids playing superheroes. We find out what the Coon and Friends will have to face in their next adventure in South Park: The Fractured But Whole and when you will be able to play it.
But it's been delayed... again.
When is South Park The Fractured But Whole released in the UK?
The game’s prequel, the Stick of Truth, was stuck in development lingo for a long time, and its legacy will always be the surprise that it ever saw the light of day.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole release date was announced for 6 December 2016, but in September it was confirmed that the game's worldwide release had been delayed until at least Q2 2017.
Then Ubisoft said the game would be out by March 2017, but it was reported on 29 March that Xbox One and PS4 orders were being cancelled, and even refunded. This isn't a good sign, and unfortunately could mean we have another long wait.
As of May 2017 Eurogamer reports it now will launch on 17 October, according to developer Ubisoft. This was confirmed at E3 2017
Still, at least we know for a fact that it's still on the way. Ubisoft confirmed in a May 2017 earnings call that The Fractured But Whole is one of four games it has due out before March 2018, though that still leaves a potentially long wait.
Hopefully we'll find out for sure at Ubisoft's press conference for E3 2017, which is scheduled for June 12.
Which platforms will it be available on?
The platform situation for The Fractured But Whole is a standard affair: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will be standard editions and deluxe editions, which you can preorder a little further down the page, but it’ll be frustrating to South Park fans who are still gaming on PS3 or Xbox 360.
Where to preorder South Park The Fractured But Whole
Game is now taking preorders for South Park The Fractured But Whole for all platforms. We’ve collected all the links for you below to make it easier! The deluxe editions for PS4 and Xbox One get you the entire Stick of Truth game for free, as well as a special costume and perk pack.
Be wary of pre-ordering though, considering the game has been delayed repeatedly.
There’s also a Collector’s Edition being sold through Ubisoft for £79.99. See below for what you get with it, and click here to view the deal.
What to expect from South Park The Fractured But Whole
Ubisoft is ready to take you back on down to South Park to have yourself a time, reprising the role of aptly named The New Kid. We love the route the creators have taken by making you a new character, as it means you can interact with all your favourite diminutive crude folks from Stan to Kyle and Jimmy to Timmy. There is the choice of being male or female, but the characterisation pleasingly does not stop there.
Gameplay trailers debuted at E3 in June, and look to replicate the normal look and feel of episodes of the famous show. One trailer shows gameplay footage of The New Kid joining Cartman’s crime fighting gang where you can choose your backstory and type of superhero. We hope that this affects gameplay and outcomes of story, much like games such as the Telltale series or Until Dawn.
The story continues on from the end of the Stick of Truth, the last successful game in the series. The new game, which never looked likely to come to fruition until South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided that actually it’s a lot of fun.
The story is based around the Coon episodes of the long running American show, with Cartman taking centre stage in the gameplay as you try to become part of the kids’ superhero gang.
South Park regulars Kenny, Kyle and Stan are all along for the ride, with the boys splintering in the trailer to form two separate factions. It’s up to you as the new kid to become part of the group and help fight crime as darkness envelops the Colorado town.
Watch the gameplay trailer