The ESRB’s Description of South Park: The Fractured But Whole Is Pretty Much What You’d Expect
The ESRB has handed out their South Park: The Fractured But Whole rating and, as you might expect, it’s M for Mature due to blood and gore, mature humor, nudity, sexual content, strong language, use of drugs, and violence.
Here’s the ESRB’s full summary for The Fractured But Whole, which details some of the things you’ll be doing in the game (skip ahead to 0:30 of the video for the lap dance scene):
This is a role-playing game, based on the animated South Park TV show, in which players assume the role of a new kid in town embarking on an adventure to uncover an evil criminal element. Players engage in turn-based combat by moving around a grid and selecting attacks from a menu. Players use various weapons (e.g., blades, claws), blasts of energy/ice/lightning, and melee attacks during combat. Blood-splatter effects occur often, and cutscenes occasionally depict “cartoony” dismemberment or decapitation.
The game includes several instances of mature humor, racial humor, and sexual material: characters are depicted urinating and defecating; one extended sequence (in a strip club) depicts a character performing a lap dance while emitting flatulence; one scene depicts a towel character performing an obscured sex act on a man in an alley; another scene shows a man watching security monitors and repeatedly reaching for lubrication behind his desk – all sequences are depicted in a cartoony and over-the-top manner. Characters are sometimes depicted nude (e.g,, breasts, buttocks, male genitalia). During the course of the game, players can observe characters snorting lines of cocaine, and in one level, players must complete a quest to bring a marijuana prescription to a character. The words “f**k,” “c**t,” and “s**t,” and racial epithets (e.g., “n***a,” “s***k”) are heard in the dialogue.
Despite everything listed above, The Fractured But Whole will be completely uncensored in Australia, Ubisoft has announced.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole releases on October 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-ordering gets you a copy of The Stick of Truth.