The Fractured But Whole is a sequel to the 2014 comedy RPG, The Stick of Truth. The New Kid returns as the protagonist, and this time the boys are playing superheroes. Players create their own hero, choosing from several classes and customizing their appearance, and join the Coon and Friends to fight crime which has been on the rise in the town. There is also a competing group, Freedom Pals, which split off from Cartman’s organization resulting in a civil war between the superheroes.
SPFBW makes the combat more complex by adding a tactical grid, which means the players now have to mind their positioning and use the environment to their advantage. Also new to the game is a crafting system which allows the players to create their own equipment.
Pre-order South Park: The Fractured But Whole to get Towelie: Your Gaming Bud, an exclusive in-game helper, which provides unique assistance to players at key locations throughout the adventure.
And now for the retailer and platform bonuses (we’ll keep an eye out for more):
- GameStop: a double-sided poster
- PlayStation: Butters, Cartman, Kenny, Coon & Friends, Kyle, and Stan PSN Avatars
Finally, pre-purchasing SPFBW or buying it after the launch (during a limited, not yet specified time window) grants a free digital download copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth playable on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who pre-purchase the game digitally can start playing The Stick of Truth immediately.
Only available digitally, the Gold Edition will set you back $90. It comes with the following:
- Season Pass
- A set of in-game costumes
- Bonus perk
Steelbook Gold Edition
This edition retails for $100 and adds the following physical items on top of the digital Gold Edition content:
- Steelbook case
- A set of lithographic prints with art from South Park Studios
In addition to the aforementioned Season Pass, in-game costumes, bonus perk, and lithographic prints, the Collector’s Edition adds a 6″ figurine of The Coon by Ubicollectibles and Artoyz. This bumps the price up to $130, making it the most expensive version of SPFBW.
After a significant delay, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is now scheduled to be released on October 17, 2017 for current-gen consoles and Windows.