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Monday, June 4, 2012

South Park: The Stick of Truth

"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker easily stole the spotlight at Microsoft's Xbox 360 press conference with their reveal of the official title for THQ and Obsidian's South Park RPG.
The reveal of the new game also revealed an interesting factoid for how players will immerse themselves in the title. Instead of taking control of one of the four principal characters (Stan, Kyle, Kenny or Cartman), the player will actually create their own South Park character and take place entirely from the point-of-view of this "new kid."

Parker opened their very short segment (short because Parker and Stone said they were still in the middle of putting together the next episode of their Comedy Central show) with a very funny mocking of Mark Whitten's unveiling of SmartGlass introduction by announcing their product would let you access all of your devices through your Xbox 360 "which is hooked into my oven, all while sitting in the refrigerator." It easily brought the big laugh of the morning, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has heard the "South Park" creators say anything.
Stone said this latest game has been two years in the making and that the wait will definitely be worth it. Since "South Park's" animation style is so crude, they wanted to give it a more immersive element so players could stick themselves into a typical episode of the show. This interesting wrinkle of the title means the story will be told through the player and all of the show's and the game's familiar characters will address the player as such.

The trailer didn't feature much in the way of gameplay but given Stone and Parker's gamer cred, it should follow your typical RPG closer than you might think for a game based on an entertainment franchise. This may not have been the most anticipated game in Microsoft's PR lineup but it's easily one of the more memorable moments from this year's E3 and it's done a great job of driving even more interesting in the new addition to the "South Park" library.

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