There was a lot you could do in South Park: The Stick of Truth (opens in new tab). You could control farts, shrink down to explore a man's colon, even summon Jesus to help you fight Al Gore. But one thing you couldn't do was be a girl. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (opens in new tab) is changing that, and adding playable female characters. Don't expect the gang to treat you the same as they would another boy though.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone talked about the addition, and what it will mean for those who choose to play as a girl. "This time, we obviously wanted to add that. But the boys are little boys, because it’s really a story about little boys running around," Stone said.
"So they don’t care about [your character being a girl]? That seems weird. They always seemed to care about it in the show. Are they dumb about it, and they don’t know? So you’re in hiding? Or do they totally care about that, and totally treat you differently? So we ended up doing those things differently for different characters."
In other words, it sounds similar (though perhaps more pronounced) to how characters might treat you differently if you selected the "Jew" class in Stick of Truth. While some characters didn't give a damn, notoriously awful Eric Cartman would hassle you for it.
In the same way that South Park's crude jokes about the Jewish faith bring to light prejudice against Jewish people, Stone implied that The Fractured But Whole could make fun of racism and sexism, specifically calling out the "black superhero" joke from the E3 trailer.
"You can be a girl. Very revolutionary. Very 2016 of us," Stone said. "We figured everyone's gonna pick it."
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