“South Park” Game Difficulty Affects Skin Color

Ubisoft’s upcoming comedy RPG title “South Park: The Fractured but Whole,” the sequel to Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s acclaimed “South Park: The Stick of Truth” game, has one bit of social commentary right in the menu.

After crafting your character, you get to choose between five levels of difficulty – one key difference to other games though is the difficulty affects the color of your character’s skin. The more difficult the game, the darker the skin.

EuroGamer asked the company’s developers about the feature and were told the difficulty of the game affects the amount of money you receive, and the way other characters speak to you throughout the course of the game.

Later in the game, in a conversation with school counsellor Mr Mackey, you are also asked to choose your character’s gender – male, female or other.

If you pick a non-male character, Ubisoft will use the conversation with Mr Mackey to ‘retcon’ The Stick of Truth. If you pick a female, you’re then asked to select whether you identify as cisgender or transgender.

“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” hits various gaming platforms on October 17th.