It’s been a rocky road, but South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally almost upon us. After having its publisher ripped out from under them, Trey Parker and Matt Stone were able to get Ubisoft to get their game up and in front of gamers after many long years of hard work and teasing fans.
South Park: The Stick of Truth sets out to lampoon gaming via an open world RPG centered on the town of South Park and the characters we’ve come to love from the show. Even in the few screen shots and teaser trailers we’ve been fed it’s easy to spot more than one callback joke harking back to the iconic moments from the show. In a bold move you’ll be able to fully customize your own avatar, just like other open world games like Skyrim, and join Cartman and company on their epic quest to save the town.
The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, famous for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Fallout: New Vegas. It was to be published by THQ before they went under and the game sat in limbo until rescued by Ubisoft late in development. Despite considerable delays hype for the game has been solidly positive across the board and people have lined up for pre-orders as soon as they became available. Such delays and gimmicks like pre-order bonuses have been the butt of jokes on several recent South Park episodes, a testament the fact that Trey and Matt don’t hold themselves above their own brand of ridicule.
The game will release for $59.99 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. For those who pre-order there are a few unique equipment kits that give in game bonuses such as increased defense and attack that will be unlocked for them, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be part of a gag than a regular direct in game bonus.