Obsidian and THQ releasing... a South Park RPG?

Love Fallout, but wish there were more Cheesie Poofs, subversive political commentary, and talking pieces of poop? Rejoice, for Game Informer has revealed South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are working with THQ and Obsidian to develop a full-scale South Park RPG for PS3 and Xbox 360. No, we didn't see it coming, either.

Slated for a 2012 release, South Park: The Game will be written, co-produced and voiced by Parker and Stone. In it, players will visit the legendary central Colorado locale as a new kid who must defend the town and its absurd residents from a variety of dangers (*crosses fingers* Imaginationland). Newcomers will be interact and fight with (or against) recognizable characters from the show, although an official list of appearances has not been released. For now, let's just assume "all of them." More information is expected in the next issue of Game Informer, which will have the cast gracing the cover.

Parker and Stone have expressed their love for video gaming many times in South Park's past. Some of the most memorable episodes include the Wii-based "Go God Go," the World of Warcraft spoof "Make Love, Not Warcraft," and the PSP-oriented "Best Friends Forever," which was the first South Park episode to win an Emmy award in 2005.

Still, despite the franchise's love for the medium, South Park has yet to set the video game industry on fire despite multiple attempts. Sure, South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play was decent, the upcoming Tenorman's Revenge looks interesting, and South Park Rally...uh...happened, but the series doesn't have much of a track record when it comes to games of this size and scope. Moreover, while Obsidian is generally considered an RPG powerhouse, its glitchy history with excellent-but-technically-flawed games like Fallout: New Vegas (and it's mediocre history with crappy-but-potentially-good games like Alpha Protocol) have us worried. After all, it's all fun and games until Cartman gets stuck in a mountain, or Kyle's head starts spinning uncontrollably. Actually, those might be features, not glitches...

Nevertheless, this looks like the best shot at a true South Park game in the 15 years since the show first debuted. What do you hope to see?

Matt Bradford wrote news and features here at GamesRadar+ until 2016. Since then he's gone on to work with the Guinness World Records, acting as writer and researcher for the annual Gamer's Edition series of books, and has worked as an editor, technical writer, and voice actor. Matt is now a freelance journalist and editor, generating copy across a multitude of industries.