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  Fallout: New Vegas Developer Working On South Park RPG
by Eric Caoili [Console/PC, Business]
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December 1, 2011
 
 Fallout: New Vegas  Developer Working On South Park RPG

THQ and Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol) are collaborating with the creators of the long-running cartoon series South Park to create an RPG based on the show for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker -- who serve as directors, executive producers, writers, and voice actors for the Comedy Central animated series -- are handling the script and some of the dialogue, and overseeing South Park: The Game's development through their joint venture with Viacom, South Park Digital Studios.

According to consumer magazine Game Informer, the game will ship in the second half of 2012, and will have players taking on the role of the new kid at South Park, who must "make friends and defend the town from a wide range of threats."

Obsidian has extensive experience creating RPGs based on other companies' properties; its credits include well-received titles like Fallout: New Vegas, the Neverwinter Nights 2 series, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

The developer was founded in 2003 by veterans from Interplay Productions' Black Isle Studios, makers of beloved Western RPGs like Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, and Baldur's Gate.

Other publishers, such as Acclaim, have licensed the South Park show to produce several games in the past.

This isn't the only game based on the franchise in development: Microsoft Studios intends to release South Park: Tenorman's Revenge, developed by Other Ocean Interactive, on Xbox Live Arcade this spring.

"Our goal is simple: to put creative talent first," said Danny Bilson, Core Games EVP at publisher THQ. "Matt and Trey are arguably two of the most important comedic talents of their generation. Bringing their vision of South Park to the interactive space is a dream-come-true."
 
   
 
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Ardney Carter
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Was KOTR 2 well received? I found it disappointing and seem to remember feedback about the game at the time reflecting that sentiment.

At any rate, this is an interesting (read odd) announcement coming from Obsidian given the general tone of their other titles. The change of pace could do them good.

Anthony Taylor
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Metacritic score of 85. Sounds well-received. Some obviously didn't care for it, but overall it was positive.

Doug Fresh
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THQ is certainly backing their statements in regards to raising internal bars for product quality:
- Itigaki-san working on Devil's Third
- Patrice Desilets working on original IP
- Crytek working on Homefront 2

And now Obsidian is working on a South Park RPG?

QUITE interesting!

Matthew Mouras
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As I recall reading, Crytek took on some of the devs from Hive. They have a separate Nottingham studio where the development of Homefront 2 will take place. Just saying - I wouldn't view Homefront 2 as Crytek's chosen successor to Crysis.

Ron Dippold
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This could work out better that it seems - South Park has done quite a few MMO/RPG sequences. I'd prefer they worked it into the normal chaos of the town rather than some copout like the entire town has been invaded by aliens - much more interesting to raid a supermarket where the employees are out to get you just because they know you're destructive little brats, but everyone else is going about their 'normal' lives.

Also curious to see which art direction they'll be going with this. Flat render or just cel-shaded but still obviously 3D? I always found the latter a bit disturbing and strange for games based on cartoons.

David Rodriguez
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"Matt Stone and Trey Parker -- who serve as directors, executive producers, writers, and voice actors for the Cartoon Network animated series "

Comedy Central is the station that host South Park,not Cartoon Network.

This seems like a great opportunity to do something cool considering the kind of backing it has. I look forward to hearing more about it.

Lyon Medina
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A game I am actually excited for other than Mass Effect 3?! This sounds exciting in just the idea of it. I will reserve judgement if it will be good or not till I see the game.

Rasmus Gunnarsson
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This sounds like IP slavery to me.

Enrique Montiel
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This is a win/win situation, well except for all the critical bugs that any Obsidian game ships with (though their experience creating "RPGs" surely makes up for it). Other than that, the idea is very welcome.

South Park 64 was one of the many games I grew up with. Needles to say I am very exited to see how this one turns out!

dario silva
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To be good Save Kenny, to be bad... well you get the point.

Alan Rimkeit
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Kenny is a Cthulhu Elder God. He cannot die.

As for the game I am excited as I liked KOTOR 2 very much, except for the end. The ending was kind of weak but up until that point it was pretty well done.


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