'Don't worry, this doesn’t affect combat... just every other aspect of your whole life'
The creators of South Park have never been ones to shy away from “oh s–t” moments of social satire, and their new video game doesn’t either. Gamers are realizing that South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a difficulty setting that gets harder when you choose a darker-skinned avatar.
As shown in a video walkthrough from the folks at Eurogamer, narrator Eric Cartman chimes in when you manipulate these settings. “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat,” he says, “just every other aspect of your whole life.”
The developers at Ubisoft told the gaming website this sliding bar will also impact the amount of money your character will receive and how other characters speak to you. Watch below beginning at the 5:40 mark.
Adding to the social commentary are the gender options of the character. While in the previous game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, users could only play as a boy, you now have the option to play as a “male,” “female,” or “other.” Eurogamer posted another video of one particular moment where this will affect your character.
During an interaction with Mr. Mackey, the school counselor will get uneasy if you choose to be a girl. “Uh, you’re a girl? Mmkay, we were under the impression that, uh,” he says. “Can you just hang on a minute? I just need to call your parents, mmkay? It’ll just take a second.”
He’ll later reference The Stick of Truth and say, “So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?” Gamers will then have the option to choose to be either cisgender or transgender, each prompting a different response from Mr. Mackey.
Watch below beginning at the 44 minute mark.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be available on Oct. 17.