Phil's note: The following was written on behalf of Mario Sparks.
Fans of the latest round of South Park video games are going to be disappointed this holiday season. The newest game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, was initially planned for to be released on December 6, 2016. Sadly, Ubisoft has announced that the game has been delayed to the first quarter of 2017, according to a report from IGN.
The irreverent TV show's most recent game, The Stick of Truth, surprised everyone with how good it really was. The title was a remarkably robust role-playing game packed with humor and brimming with gameplay that would please even the most crankiest of RPG lovers. It earned near-universal acclaim and was called "a funny and faithful adaptation" of the series by Game Informer. This was largely thanks to its crisp graphics that perfectly recreated the look of the show combined by fun gameplay and raunchy gags.
Stick of Truth recalled everything you might have loved about the old turn-based combat of Final Fantasy games and other classic RPGs combined with the trademark gut-busting jokes you expect from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The game's plot spun off of three 2013 episodes from the series, specifically 7, 8, and 9 from Season 17. What followed was a brilliant send-up of time-honored fantasy tropes that was at the same time both faithful and hysterical.
Now, South Park is looking to do it again with their latest game, this time skewering the superhero genre. The game will include some of the more well-known alter-egos of the boys, including The Coon and Professor Chaos. Earlier this month, the game showed off a whopping 20 minutes of gameplay on VG24/7 that detailed how character creation and the new battle system will work. Unlike the turn-based combat of Stick of Truth, Fractured But Whole will feature grid-based combat similar to strategy games like Final Fantasy Tactics. The game will also apparently give you the option to change your class throughout the story. The early look is definitely promising, which is only going to make it that much harder to wait until next year.
While it's going to be a bit of a longer wait for fans, there are still some options to keep you busy in the meantime. You can always go back and replay the previous game to get you excited, but there are also more casual options for gamers that don't have a lot of time on their hands. A licensed South Park slot reel is one of many franchises detailed among the sites outlined on Casino Source. The game apparently incorporates many of your favorite characters and sound bites from the series, and it actually gets introduced with yet another unique death of the ever unfortunate Kenny.
There's every indication that South Park: The Fractured But Whole is set to live up to the high bar initially set by the Stick of Truth back in 2014. While it's a bit frustrating that we won't be playing the game in December, you can bet that the wait will be worth it.