South Park: The Fractured But Whole's Difficulty Slider Changes Character Skin Colour


KitGuru Says: I am quite the fan of South Park and its social commentary, leaving me quite excited for the new game.

Yet another aspect of life just got more hard if you're not white.

The Fractured but Whole's difficulty scale is determined by the skin color of the created character, meaning that if the protagonist is white, the game will be as easy as possible.

Cartman quips that this "this doesn't affect combat". Characters become dark-skinned on the hardest end of the spectrum, a cosmetic effect meant as a bit of social satire. This is probably because the game understands that appearance is not an inherent detriment; it just affects everyone around you. Instead, it changes the color of your skin based upon the difficulty level you choose in game.

The game "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" is being released next month, although some reviewers have received advanced copies and have discovered the apparent discrepancy. Apparently the skin color of your character determines various aspect of the game's difficulty including how much money you receive as well as how other characters treat you. It's here that Mr. Mackey says "So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?" After choosing one of these options, players can specify if they are cisgender or transgender.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole isn't the only Ubisoft game tackling controversial topics this year.

In the last game - 2015's The Stick of Truth - players could only play as a boy.

You can check out how both of these choices function in Eurogamer's video preview of South Park: The Fractured but Whole.