South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone appearing on stage was my personal highlight of Ubisoft’s ridiculously long E3 Press Conference. And what they had to say only made me more excited for the follow up to their smash-hit The Stick Of Truth.

Not only have they added new depth to the game by adding new buildings that featured in season 19 of the TV show as well as a new combat system. But now they’ve added girls as playable characters.

Speaking later in the week , Matt Stone and Trey Parker gave reasons as to why you couldn’t play as a girl in Stick of Truth while also confirming that you can play as a boy or a girl in the Fractured But Whole.

“In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. [The Girls] were a faction in the fantasy world. And then someone’s like, “What if you want to be a girl?” Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to sh– can the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add that.”

“But the boys are little boys, because it’s really a story about little boys running around. So they don’t care about [your character being a girl]? That seems weird. They always seemed to care about it in the show. Are they dumb about it, and they don’t know? So you’re in hiding? Or do they totally care about that, and totally treat you differently? So we ended up doing those things differently for different characters.”

“It actually turned out to be quite a bit more work. I’m also playing The Division – I’m not just saying that because it’s Ubisoft. I made the character look like my wife, just because I thought that was funny, running around New York shooting people looking like my wife. But the game doesn’t treat you that differently. The guys still shoot you. The game doesn’t really react that much differently. That’s cool for that kind of game. It’s been a funny journey to go through, introducing something that we thought would just be a cool feature. You’re a girl! But now they’re going to treat you different.”

It’s a welcome addition to what I’m hoping will be another fantastic  South Park game.

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