New South Park game is harder with characters with dark skin

New South Park game is harder with characters with dark skin

Photo: Eurogamer/Ubisoft

The new game South Park: The Fractured but Whole is more difficult if players have a character with a dark skin to choose.

In the role-play players have their own South Park avatar. This include clothing and facial hair are customizable.

While creating an avatar, players must also choose a difficulty level, as appears from a video that Eurogamer made during an event where the game is already playable. That is basically choosing the colour of the skin of the character, with the darker colors have a higher degree of difficulty indicate.

“Don’t worry, this has no influence on fights,” says South Park character Eric Cartman during the selection process. “Only every other aspect of your life.”


Developers of Ubisoft told Eurogamer that the skin underneath more influence on the amount of money players earn and the way the character is approached. The gamemakers seem so in typical South Park-style commentary on racism and inequality.

Not everyone finds the joke succeeded. “I think this is a terrible idea,” writes the journalist Evan Narcisse on Twitter. “The fraught experiences of black people to use a so-called risqué joke is simply not funny.” Others find it unfair that gamers with a dark colour, not as themselves can play in the hardest mode.

Players can in the game also opt for a female or transgender character, which in predecessor, The Stick of Truth only male characters were. The new South Park game will appear on October 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and pc.

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