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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Difficulty Slider Affects Character Skin Color

September 8, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Eurogamer reports that there’s an interesting bit of social satire within the gameplay for the upcoming game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, involving the difficulty slider. In the character creation section of the game, players can select the overall difficulty. However, the easier the difficulty of the game, the lighter the shade of a character’s skin will be. If a player chooses a harder difficulty, the shade of the created character’s skin will turn darker.

During the character creation process, Eric Cartman will chime in, saying, “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.” The developers are clearly adding in a bit of social commentary and racism for the game, as the South Park TV show often does.

Other character creation options for the game include options for gender. The previous South Park video game, The Stick of Truth, only allowed gamers to play as a boy character. In Fractured But Whole, players can choose from the following options: male; female; or other. If players choose to play as a girl, Mr. Mackey will comment, “So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?”

This will continue if players opt to choose to play as a girl. Mr. Mackey will then ask the player if they identify as a cisgender or transgender. If players choose the “transgender” option, Mr. Mackey states, “It still tracks with The Stick of Truth, yes it does. She was definitely a girl the whole time. Yes of course. I get it.”

South Park: The Fractured But Whole arrives on October 17. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.