Have you ever watched an episode of South Park and thought to yourself, “Wow, this would make a great RPG”? Well, apparently, somebody has, as Game Informer revealed today that Obsidian, the developers of Fallout New Vegas and Neverwinter Nights 2, are creating a fully featured, sandbox style RPG for Xbox 360 and PS3 based on Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s subversive cartoon.
The game will allow players to create their own “new kid” who has just moved to the quiet mountain town, and is quickly tasked with saving the town from a variety of threats while befriending the show’s cast. The game will feature a story written by Parker and Stone themselves, and all of the voice talent from the show will reprise their roles for the game.
This isn’t the first time that South Park has been associated with videogames. The series recieved several completely terrible games created by infamous 90’s shovelware developer Acclaim back during the N64/PS1 era, and the show itself has featured videogames as central plot points in several episodes: Cartman cryogenically froze himself in order to get a Wii, and the show had a whole episode about those poor, misguided souls who think being good at Guitar Hero is a legitimate skill.
While I’m a fan of both South Park and Fallout New Vegas, I’m not really sure if I need a game that combines the two, but it’s an interesting idea, at the very least. Hopefully the game will manage to break the terrible reputation that previous South Park games have created, and I’m also hoping that Obsidian will likewise manage to overcome their reputation and actually release a *finished* game for once, free from game-ending bugs and missing content, as even though I loved New Vegas, I really didn’t enjoy having to start over or redo hours of work multiple times because of glitches. Game Informer is promising to reveal more about the new game in their January issue, which subscribers should be receiving within the next week or two.