New South Park Episode is a Prequel to The Fracture But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is releasing next week for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but excited fans don’t have to wait until Tuesday to learn about the game’s story. This week’s episode of South Park, titled Franchise Prequel, will be a prequel to the upcoming game. That’s a pretty neat turn of events!

This was announced via the South Park Twitter:

They also released a short ad for the episode:

Need to know even more about The Fractured But Whole? Our E3 preview will help:

South Park: The Fractured But Whole may be the highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s The Stick of Truth, but it’s also a game with an uncertain cloud over its head. Unlike its predecessor,  which was developed by Obsidian, development on the sequel has been handled by Ubisoft internally. This has led to some setbacks, as the tactical role-playing game has been delayed several times.

There’s no reason for fans to be worried, though, as the extra development time has allowed The Fractured But Whole to become a highly polished experience. This came across immediately when I got my hands on the title, as the first thing I noticed was how improved the user interface was. There’s never any confusion as to what the player is doing, as objectives and progress are cleanly communicated through notification-style pop-ups.

Beyond this new layer of polish, the gameplay is still split between adventuring through areas seen in the television show in order to progress the story, and getting into battles. Retaining this core gameplay loop is a good thing, as it worked phenomenally well in the original, and it allows for Ubisoft San Francisco to build upon it.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will release October 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: Twitter (1, 2)]