In early September, the builders of South Park: The Fractured However Complete made some waves once they confirmed the character customization choices, which recommend that taking part in as a black character will make your recreation tougher. Then Ubisoft took it again. The reality, nonetheless, is a bit hazier.
As quickly as you load up the brand new South Park recreation, you’ll be requested to deck out your character, from hair to clothes to facial equipment. You’ll additionally see the next slider, which connects pores and skin tone to problem stage:
The sport makes it clear that this slider received’t have an effect on fight, however throughout an interview in September, the parents at Ubisoft San Francisco instructed Eurogamer that it does have an effect on the sum of money you’ll obtain and how other characters will interact with you. Then, bizarrely, Ubisoft took it again, telling Gamesradar that this was all just a joke. Once we requested Ubisoft for elaboration on the time, the writer declined to remark (and has not responded to additional requests for clarification). It’s all extra convoluted than the common episode of South Park.
As I performed by way of the sport, a few issues turned clear. One is that there’s an precise set of issue choices that you simply’re requested to decide on early within the story, and finishing Fractured However Complete on the best issue mode with a black character will get you a trophy known as ‘The Token Expertise.’ You’ll additionally get to decide on your character’s race and ethnicity later within the recreation, selecting from dozens of choices (White, Black, Albanian, Scot) that don’t have an effect on gameplay in any respect.
Taking part in as a black character may even lead to some particular dialogue adjustments, as proven on this struggle towards some policemen:
This whole police station part touches upon racism in that distinctive South Park method, so it might be odd for the cops to not acknowledge your character’s pores and skin tone there. There are just a few different mentions like this all through the sport. For instance, in case your character’s pores and skin is darkish, townspeople will sometimes make feedback like “South Park certain is getting city.”
As for precise issue, although? I performed by way of the entire recreation as a tan child (center of the slider) after which spent one other couple of hours as a black child, and so far as I might inform, nothing else modified, together with the sum of money I might make from discovering random junk. (Cash is just about irrelevant in Fractured However Complete, anyway—the game is very easy.)
There could be another easter eggs or secrets and techniques that gamers haven’t found but, however two weeks after launch, it seems that the one factor that issue slider impacts is a few traces.