South Park: The Fractured But Whole (get it?) is one of the most anticipated games of the year and is the sequel to the acclaimed South Park: The Stick of Truth. So far it looks like The Fractured But Whole is shaping up to be even funnier and cruder than its predecessor and it’s already caused quite a stir.
It has been revealed by EuroGamer that the difficulty you select for the game will change the color of your character’s skin. The harder the difficulty, the darker your character’s skin color will go. Alternatively, the easier the difficulty, the lighter it becomes. When picking the harder difficulties, Cartman chimes in , saying: “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.”
When asked about how picking a harder difficulty affects your game, the devs responded that it changes the amount of money you’ll receive and how some other characters treat you. Whilst being amusing, the feature is also a comment on how racism affects people of different backgrounds.
You also have the option to play as a boy or a girl in this game and you can also choose whether you’re transgender or cisgender. Your choices will elicit different responses from Mr Mackey. Given that your character is mean’t to be the same that you played in the original game, choosing to play as a girl will cause Mr Mackey to phone your parents. He will then retcon the two games by conforming you were a girl the whole time.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is set to be released on October 17 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.