Life's Harder The Darker Your Skin In South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Art imitates life in the upcoming snarky role-playing game that releases October 17, 2017.


The South Park television show has never, ever been known for taking it easy when it comes to social commentary. The new upcoming RPG, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, is putting that same sensibility at the very open of the experience during something that’s typically just a menu option gamers don’t put too much thought into. When selecting the difficulty to start the game, your decision will influence the skin color of your created character.

While the action itself carries a potent message, the design choice is even more impactful the deeper you look into it. As noted in Eurogamer's report, combat isn’t influenced by the decision you make, so your own capabilities aren’t determined by your skin color. Instead, it influences things like how other characters speak to you and how much money your receive.

You’re also given three options when choosing your character’s gender, which is certainly something the writers will tackle in their own way but it's still a relatively inclusive design decision when it all boils down.

When the debut trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole was revealed, everyone could see that the usual humor was pointed at the comic book films that have become pop culture phenomena. These latest reveals hints that it will tackle even bigger topics in unique ways and it will be interesting to see what conversations are sparked when it launches October 17 on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Check out the PC requirements for the game so you're fully prepared for launch.

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