Comic-Con: Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH Video Game, Designing It to Mimic the Show’s “Authentic Crappiness” and More

     July 18, 2013

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In today’s Comic-Con panel centering on the upcoming South Park video game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were on hand to answer questions from the fans.  While they were certainly entertaining, the crowd-pleasing duo wouldn’t share much about the development of the game, except to voice their continued frustrations with how long it was taking to bring to market.  They did, however, show off a fun bit of behind-the-scenes footage highlighting the making of the game with a good amount of game play and cut scenes for good measure.  Although South Park: The Stick of Truth has no definite release date in sight, the guys did share a bit of information on it, the upcoming season of South Park and more of their future endeavors.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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  • Parker and Stone wanted the game to look exactly like the show, mimicking its “authentic crappiness”, so when someone walks into the room, they can’t tell the difference between the game and the show itself.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth is a role-playing game centering on a new kid in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado.
  • The idea for the game essentially grew out of the fact that the kids often get together and use their imaginations to act out Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, etc.  In this version, whoever possesses the Stick of Truth controls the universe.
  • Parker and Stone would neither confirm nor deny that a female player avatar would be available.
  • One particular power granted to the player’s character in the game is, obviously, farts.  Not just any farts, but analog farts, so the player can control the strength and direction with the joystick.
  • The game has been in development for about 10 years if you include the initial idea.  After THQ went bankrupt, the game was picked up by Ubisoft.
  • Parker is against DLC (downloadable content) for the game and hopes to use ideas that don’t make it into the final version as plot points for the show itself.
  • The game initially included the entire world and cast of characters of the show but the two have been paring it down over the years.
  • The game will feature lots of songs from the show.
  • south-park-video-gameParker cites Earthbound and Skyrim for his inspiration while Stone cites Paper Mario and Zelda.
  • The player’s character will be silent.
  • The game isn’t going to be set in any particular storyline of the show.
  • Parker confirms that Chef will make an appearance in the game.
  • For the first time ever, the creators have made a map of South Park.
  • The game will include an anime segment.  Stone made sure to make a special acknowledgement of their talented and creative art department, although they never get to show off since all they get to draw is circles.

Miscellaneous:

  • Parker is a big fan of RPGs while Stone is more of a fan of arcade games.
  • Parker and Stone were disappointed with the first game, saying, “It fucking sucks.”  This is the reason they wanted to have their hands on all facets of development this time around.
  • The new season of South Park starts Wednesday, September 25th, and Bill Hader will write for the show the entire season.

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