Coming South Park game is harder for black characters

10 September, 2017, 16:01 | Author: Patsy Dennis
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole is More Difficult if You Aren't White

How's that for a social commentary?

The Fractured But Whole's difficulty slider is tied to the skin colour of your main character, with easy resting on the lighter side of the scale and it becoming darker as you ramp things up.

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The creators of South Park have made a pointed comment on how race impacts on everyday life with new role-play game, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, which parodies the Marvel universe. As Cartman puts it while you're making the decision, "Don't worry, this won't affect combat". While speaking with your school's counselor, Mr. Mackey, you'll have the option to choose male, female or other for your character. Characters become dark-skinned on the hardest end of the spectrum, a cosmetic effect meant as a bit of social satire. The harder the difficulty, the darker your character's skin color will go. After choosing a default sex - boy or girl - players can then choose if they are cisgender or transgender.

Indeed according to the developers the difficulty setting: "affects the amount of money you receive and the way other characters speak to you throughout the course of the game". Your choices will elicit different responses from Mr Mackey. An option that wasn't available in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Ubisoft has denied that the slider affects the game's difficulty in any other way. Originally announced in early 2014, Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured but Whole is finally approaching its release in October.

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Eurogamer found that when selecting your character's gender, the game has a clever solution in place for Truth's male-only option: granular offerings that more or less retcon the previous game's story. She was definitely a girl the whole time.

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