South Park RPG coming late 2012 from Fallout: New Vegas developer

Update: THQ has confirmed that a PC version is also in the works.

South Park is no stranger to video games. However, today's newly announced South Park: The Game is easily the most ambitious title the franchise has ever attempted. No, this isn't an HD remake of the N64 first-person shooter. And no, this isn't another tower defense game. South Park: The Game is a "full-scale RPG" for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, developers of Dungeon Siege III, Fallout: New Vegas, and Alpha Protocol.

Game Informer's upcoming January issue promises a first look at the THQ-published game. According to the cover reveal, series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are writing the script, performing the dialogue, and overseeing the development of the game.

You'll control "the new kid" to South Park, and you'll have to make friends and defend the town from "a wide range of threats." Hopefully, the game will take a page from Mass Effect 2, and will have you recruiting characters from around town for an epic, galaxy-threatening suicide mission.