At long last, there’s a new “South Park” video game coming out — the first on the current generation of gaming consoles — and it looks like the sort of thing that would work perfectly as a movie. After taking on “Lord of the Rings” and traditional RPG games in “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” video game developer Ubisoft and “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are taking aim at the world of superheroes.
“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” — say that title very fast to get the immature and sort of beautiful little joke — centers on a war between Coon and Friends, the superhero league led by Eric Cartman’s alter ego The Coon. Naturally, most of them hate him.
In a trailer released for the game, The Coon sets up his entire game plan, which is a franchise of movies mostly about himself and some of his supposed friends. They all bicker over who gets top billing, driving a wedge between the group. That’s right, it’s “Captain America: Civil War,” but with “South Park” characters.
Even though, as Super Craig reminds The Coon, “I thought Civil War wasn’t supposed to happen until Phase 3.”
It’s exactly the sort of meta reference-fest you want in a “South Park” movie, but instead you get to jump into the world as your own character and become part of it.
As the gameplay demonstration above shows, “The Fractured But Whole” takes what “The Stick of Truth” introduced to an entirely new level as we’re not just dealing with kids playing games anymore, but superheroes battling for control of the world.
Regardless, just because it’s a game doesn’t mean it can’t one day become a movie. Ask “Warcraft,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Angry Birds” and any number of other games adapted to film. Perhaps “South Park” could be the first TV to video game to movie adaptation. Parker and Stone have done crazier things. Besides, Cartman has already mapped out the first three phases of his cinematic universe.
“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PCs on Dec. 6.