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Obsidian: South Park RPG Won't Pull Any Punches

"South Park" has always pushed the boundaries, so don't expect the upcoming game to pull any punches whatsoever.

In speaking to Game Informer, Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart said the development team understands the primary goal: above all else, this RPG needs to be "South Park" to the core.

That includes having "a lot of swearing" and "a lot of children dying," and Urquhart is actually a bit leery of how the ESRB is going to respond. Still, the team won't restrict themselves during the creation process; they'll deal with controversial content hurdles when they come to them. Said Urquhart:

"I'll be honest, we're not exactly sure how the ESRB is going to react to a lot of these things. The first thing is we're not going to worry about it. The first thing is this needs to be South Park. If we have problems, then we'll deal with them. The goal is, let's not restrict ourselves right now. Let's make it South Park, make it nuts, then, as they say, cross that bridge when we come to it."

The cool part is that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone came to Obsidian first. Urquhart says this usually isn't how it works; typically, the publisher that holds the licensing rights to a particular franchise comes to a developer and asks them to make a game. In this particular case, it was the "license holders themselves."

"With South Park it's very different because it's Matt and Trey. It is Crispy, who was the art director on the show for ten years. It's talking to the guys that actually do it and still do it every day. I mean, they're still making the show after 15 years. I think it's going to make it really interesting for us making a South Park game - it's not a re-imagining of stuff that already exists... it's like this is yet another extension to everything that is South Park because it's coming directly from Matt and Trey."

Come on, you have to admit...this one has lots of promise. Obsidian can be hit or miss but with all the original "South Park" talent involved, you just have to like the game's chances.

Tags: south park, south park game, south park rpg, obsidian

12/10/2011 9:46:04 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

main_event05
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 10:11:15 AM
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Gamepro did a full article on this. I can't wait. Apparently you are the new kid in town (102% customizable) and you eventually try to earn the respect of the other kids. The game starts off LARPing and goes from there. There are two versions/ viewpoints which fans of the show will easily recognize, what is really happening vs what the kids are imagining. Meaning that while the kids imagine they have kick ass swords and armor, it's really just pots and cardboard tubes.

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main_event05
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 10:21:05 AM

Sorry, i mean Gameinformer

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firesoul453
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 12:06:33 PM
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I love Obsidian. They make the best sequels ever lol.

Not sure how good they are at an original game though.

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firesoul453
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 11:05:56 PM

Are there really people that hate Obsidian?

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mike rlz
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 12:11:31 PM
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I hope this turns out to be something to look forward to

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Beamboom
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 12:23:34 PM
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Well, the creators of the Simpsons were heavily involved in the Simpsons game too weren't they? And we saw how that turned out...
Nothing wrong with the talents of those guys (I *love* the Simpsons tv series) but skills in TV animation and script writing does not a good game make.


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Rogueagent01
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 12:50:04 PM
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Take the ESRB and shove it. The South Park show was and sometimes is still extremely controversial. If they want to make a game they have to ignore the ESRB at all costs. This game has more potential than just about anything else out there, being that they can work with 15 years of stories or go completely original. Eitherway I feel that it'll be good, just don't let that bunch of non-gaming snobs tell you what to do(ESRB).

And Beam not to start a fight but you just can't compare The Simpsons with South Park in any way.

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frylock25
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 6:20:04 PM
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i would be ok with this game getting an adult rating. most likely it will hit mature but this cartoon is for adults. i look forward to playing this and hope it turns out really well.

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Milonakis
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 7:33:46 PM
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I hope crack baby basketball is a minigame

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frylock25
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 7:57:15 PM

that would be so funny and you could visit the crack baby basketball players mansion

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___________
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 3:32:13 AM
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kinda sceptical on this.
show based games have the same record as movie based games so its not exactly on sound foundations.
will be interesting to see how it turns out though, i really enjoy watching south park so id be interesting to see what the stories like.
just makes me want a new simpsons hit and run game that much more.
i wish they would do a HD remake of that, it was one of my favourite ps2 games!
duff beer for me, duff beer for you ill have a duff you have one too.
i was singing that song for weeks after i got that game!

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