The new South Park game, The Fractured But Whole is making some interesting changes to character creation from what we saw in its prequel, The Stick of Truth.
According to an advanced playthrough from Eurogamer, you can change the difficulty of some game interactions by changing the color of your character’s skin. Specifically, darker-skinned characters skew towards a harder difficulty.
As Eric Cartman narrates,
“Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.”
The game also lets you choose gender, with options ranging through male, female, and other, and then allowing a secondary option for transgender characters. This is a marked change from The Stick of Truth, in which all characters were boys.
The developers of the game explained the identity-based difficulty changes to Eurogamer; the difficulty of the game affects the amount of money players get, and how other characters speak to your character.
The design in general marks a new range of choices added from the last game. South Park: The Fractured But Whole premieres on PC, PS4, and Xbox on October 17.