Queue the fart jokes, people. Tonight marks the South Park Season Premiere on Comedy Central, the 17th time we’ll be able to cozy up next to Cartman and Co. for a debut show. But Trey and Matt’s franchise is in the news today for more than just tonight’s South Park Season Premiere, as Ubisoft has announced the South Park: The Stick of Truth release date. The game will be available on Xbox 360 and PS3 in North America on Dec. 10.
We last saw South Park: The Stick of Truth at E3, and it was honestly the funniest game we’d played in years. Yes, there were flaming asses. Yes, there were electrified dildos and poo-flinging antics. But as you look at The Stick of Truth release date and think “it’s another excuse to make fart jokes,” you should know that beneath the potty-humor exterior is a surprisingly deep RPG.
In South Park: The Stick of Truth, players arm themselves with legendary weapons to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies and other forces of evil. As “the new kid,” players must discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn their place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. Success means nothing less than becoming South Park Elementary’s savior. Failure means an eternal label as a loser.
Much like the TV show (have we mentioned we can’t wait for the South Park Season Premiere?), the game looks kid-friendly and animated but is actually far from it. Crass jokes abound to the degree that you may not even want kids in the house while you play, which is almost a shame considering the RPG elements that Obsidian Entertainment has managed to pack into it.
In addition to announcing The Stick of Truth release date, Ubisoft also announced some pre-order specials for South Park: The Stick of Truth. If you happen to pre-order the game, you will receive the “Ultimate Fellowship Pack.” In this pack, players can choose their class and pick their perk with four exclusive Stick of Truth costumes, each of which has special abilities. Suit up as the Necromancer Sorcerer to increase fire damage, earn extra gold by equipping the Rogue Assassin outfit, deal extra weapon damage with the Ranger Elf costume, or raise your Defense with the Holy Defender outfit.
If you really want to go all-in with South Park: The Stick of Truth, you can pick up the Grand Wizard Edition, which also has a release date of Dec. 10 and carries an MSRP of $79.99. This limited Grand Wizard Edition features a trove of mystical items from the deepest reaches of South Park, including a “Grand Wizard Kidrobot Cartman Figure” (six inches tall and only available in this edition), a Kingdom of South Park Map (it shows the entire town of South Park), and the aforementioned The Stick of Truth Ultimate Fellowship Pack.