Speaking during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, South Park creator Matt Stone revealed that gamers will be able to play as a female protagonist in the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
“You can be a girl. Very revolutionary. Very 2016 of us,” said Stone.
"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."
Stone revealed that playing as a girl in the South Park title will result in characters treating you differently.
"It actually turned out to be quite a bit more work," said Stone. "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."
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is in development for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. The game will ship on December 6, 2016.