In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone revealed that they couldn’t put a female character option in The Stick of Truth due to time, but with The Fractured But Whole, you’ll be able to play as a girl:
In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. [The Girls] were a faction in the fantasy world. And then someone’s like, ‘What if you want to be a girl?’ Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to sh– can the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add that.
Since The Fractured But Whole is all about little boys running around, playing as a girl will see you getting treated differently:
It actually turned out to be quite a bit more work. I’m also playing The Division – I’m not just saying that because it’s Ubisoft. I made the character look like my wife, just because I thought that was funny, running around New York shooting people looking like my wife. But the game doesn’t treat you that differently. The guys still shoot you. The game doesn’t really react that much differently. That’s cool for that kind of game. It’s been a funny journey to go through, introducing something that we thought would just be a cool feature. You’re a girl! But now they’re going to treat you different.
Stone added that he plays as a female character every time there’s an option, and they “figured everyone’s gonna pick it.”
Parker also looked back on the development of The Fractured But Whole, revealing that they were approached by Ubisoft about making a sequel to The Stick of Truth. When first asked, Parker and Stone said no because they figured they should make a movie next. But then they started thinking about what another game would like, came up with title, and “we were like: ‘That’s such a sweet title, dude. We’ve gotta make this game. For nothing else than that we could walk around E3 and see The Fractured But Whole in huge flashing letters. Millions of dollars in The Fractured But Whole.'”
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