South Park: The Fractured But Whole Will Be Around 8 To 12 Hours Long; Discusses Comedy Games’ Potential
Ubisoft San Francisco‘s upcoming sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, is reportedly going to be between 8 and 12 hours long.
In an interview conducted by Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe’s Matthew Groizard over at PlayStation Blog, Senior Producer Jason Schroeder praised Stone and Parker and talked about the challenges they had to overcome when you have two talented comedy writers.
“They’re really, really involved. We have daily calls and I’m down there a few times a month just constantly trying to make sure that they’re getting the comedy they want into the game and making sure that it all makes sense moment to moment.
“They’re both gamers, so there’s a really easy common language.”
“However, deadlines and pressure are actually some of the best ways they get their comedy. Separate from the game, they truly make each episode of South Park in just six days. It’s from that pressure that they get their really relevant, really timely jokes. The video game cycle, by comparison, is brutally long for them.”
Sony’s Groizard added that the game’s length adds to the difficulty of delivering a quality comedic game by saying:
“And this seems to be the biggest obstacle for the team – comedy is largely about timing and the difference between a 25-minute TV episode and an eight to 12-hour game can change a lot.”
Finally, Schroeder said that comedy games “definitely have room for growth,” since they allow the player to “think.”
“Comedy games definitely have room for growth. One of the things that we’ve discovered is that you can really make people think with a comedy game because you’re able to subvert their expectations. Even the typical way they might do things on a PlayStation controller: we say ‘pull the triggers and start rotating the analogue sticks’ and then they see on screen that the kid is moving his butt around.”
South Park: The Fractured But Whole releases on December 6 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.