Ever wanted to team up with Eric Cartman and run amok through South Park, CO? Well, now you can. At the Microsoft press event, we were told we could do just that, with Obsidian's latest project out of THQ, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Perhaps THQ can turn things around. If you care about South Park, this game will be perfect for you. If you don't, then this title probably won't change your mind.
The creators of the hit TV show Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out to show off the game. Instead of taking control of one of the four hellacious main characters on the show, you are now the role of some new kid who has just moved into the wonderful city and is trying to make new friends. Shortly into the game you run into your favorite characters from the show and proceed to save the South Park from characters spoofed from Lord of the Rings.
You can totally customize your character. Choose your class, gender, accessories, outfit and facial features. As you go along, you will occasionally upgrade some of your chosen items, but not until you remove yourself from the label of "douche-bag." You then start out on a list of quests in the area closest to your starting point before battling bigger bosses near the city limits.
For gameplay, it's very much like a turn-by-turn RPG, allowing you to speak with the locals as well as enter into combat. You will eventually end up fighting characters from kids to vampires and even burn someone with a firework sparkler.
To ensure the "quality" of the game, Stone and Parker wrote the script, provided all of the voice work and even had to create the map for the city - something they never thought they would have to do.
We have the press release below. Release date is scheduled for March 5, 2013, on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
On March 5, Embark on Epic Quest To Become Cool in South Park: The Stick of Truth
Trailer, screens, pre-order specials, and new details galore.
From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park's savior. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become... cool. Introducing South Park®: The Stick of Truth®, available on March 5, 2013 on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC.
But that's not all!
Good Times With Weapons Pack
THQ is happy to offer exclusive weapons and costumes when you preorder South Park: The Stick of Truth. The Good Times With Weapons Pack, based on one of the most popular South Park episodes of all time, includes destructive items no fourth-grade martial artist should be without. With the Bulrog Chicken Attack, summon the devastating ninja powers of Bulrog and turn your feeble enemies into chickens! BLAM! "Nya-nya-nya-nya-na naa! Now you are a chicken!"
With Cartman's Kick-Ass Sai, the ultimate weapon of destruction, penetrate even the most evil of villains! Harness the fiery sting of the Sai to slash and cut your way through South Park!
Rounding out the Good Times With Weapons Pack is the Samurai Costume. Show off your brute muscle with this bad-ass getup, complete with samurai headgear, a super-sweet cape, and the toughest cardboard armor this side of Takagawa. Suit up, and prepare to unleash the ultimate pwnage!
Mysterion Superhero Pack (Xbox 360 Exclusive)
THQ and Microsoft are proud to announce Xbox 360 exclusive pre-order items for South Park: The Stick of Truth: The Mysterion Superhero Pack. With your Superhero Costume, suit-up as the next South Park superhero! It's the perfect disguise for fighting your mortal enemies and keeping South Park safe!
Also, harness the elusive power of Mysterion with the Mysterion Special Attack! South Park's protector unleashes a deadly combination of stealth and firepower - your enemies won't know what hit them!
Finally, slash the darkness with the diabolical switchblade, the Dagger of Cthulhu! It's the same weapon used to stab and kill Mysterion in the twisted classic episode "Mysterion Rises." And now... the fate of the Cult of Cthulhu lies in your hands!
South Park DLC on Xbox 360 First
The first three downloadable episode packs for South Park: The Stick of Truth will be available first on Xbox 360. These episodes are standalone adventures featuring their own stories, taking you to places in South Park you've never been before.
South Park: Better With KinectTM for Xbox 360
Taunt your enemies, and launch attacks with your voice. Finally, for the first time in South Park history, you can call Cartman a "fat ass," and he'll respond.
Download new screenshots and the new South Park: The Stick of Truth E3 trailer, presented by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at the Microsoft Xbox E3 2012 Media Briefing on June 4 in Los Angeles.