You can play as a male or female protagonist in upcoming title, South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Showrunner Matt Stone confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that players will be able to play as a female for the entire length of the game.
“In our game, we’re finally gonna do that. You can be a girl. Very revolutionary. Very 2016 of us,” Stone said.
Stone added that having a playable female lead goes back as far as halfway through developing the game’s predecessor, South Park: The Stick of Truth, but ultimately wasn’t able to be added due to time constraints.
“In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it,” he said. “[The Girls] were a faction in the fantasy world. And then someone’s like, ‘What if you want to be a girl?’ Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to sh– can the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add that.”
The team says the gender of the character you play as will affect how you’re treated throughout the game.
“It’s been a funny journey to go through, introducing something that we thought would just be a cool feature. You’re a girl! But now they’re going to treat you different,” he said.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole arrives on December 6th on PS4, Xbox One and PC.