Stick of Truth Pits You Against Underpant Snobs, Vampire Kids, Hippies, Crab People

June 4, 2012

Microsoft's E3 keynote peaked when Trey Parker and Matt Stone took the stage to introduce the trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Stone opened with a joke about Microsoft's interconnectivity-themed presentation, demonstrating the kind of irreverence you'd expect from an inventor of Mr Hanky, the Christmas Poo. "How many times have you been watching an episode of South Park and thought, 'I'd like to be able to watch this on my television, while hooked into my mobile device, which is controlled by my tablet device, which is hooked into my oven,' all while sitting in the refrigerator?" He said.

The trailer itself showed the town of South Park engulfed in some kind of comic post-apocalypse. Buildings crushed, fires raging, murderous freaks running amok. A machine gun-toting Jesus pops up at one point, as does a circus bear that shoots flames from its eyes.

Cartman's weapon of choice? Lit farts.

In one story sequence, Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny wear mock Lord of the Rings garb confer in a cave about how to save their town. When Stan offers to be the hero, Cartman shoots him down. "Jews can't be saviors, remember? We need the New Kid."

The "New Kid" is a reference to the gamer, who becomes a character in a way the that demo leaves deliberately mysterious. "… the only thing that really appealed to us was if we could make a game that felt like you were in an episode of South Park," Parker said. "And to do that, you had to get the look right… it had to look like an episode of South Park."

More than anything, South Park: The Stick of Truth looks like an RPG that makes fun of RPGs. Which means that it could turn out to be as funny as an actual episode of South Park.

Parker and Stone collaborated with Viacom Media Networks and Obsidian Entertainment, Inc on the title. A March 5, 2013 release date has been set.

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Source E3 2012