The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has unveiled the rating for South Park: The Fractured But Whole. According to the ESRB, the upcoming RPG will receive an M (for Mature) rating. Much like its predecessor, the board decided to give the sequel an M rating citing the use of Blood and Gore, Mature Humor, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, and Violence as factors for the final rating.
Here’s a full description of The Fractured But Whole’s final rating from the ESRB:
This is a role-playing game, based on the animated South Park TV show, in which players assume the role of a new kid in town embarking on an adventure to uncover an evil criminal element. Players engage in turn-based combat by moving around a grid and selecting attacks from a menu. Players use various weapons (e.g., blades, claws), blasts of energy/ice/lightning, and melee attacks during combat. Blood-splatter effects occur often, and cutscenes occasionally depict “cartoony” dismemberment or decapitation. The game includes several instances of mature humor, racial humor, and sexual material: characters are depicted urinating and defecating; one extended sequence (in a strip club) depicts a character performing a lap dance while emitting flatulence; one scene depicts a towel character performing an obscured sex act on a man in an alley; another scene shows a man watching security monitors and repeatedly reaching for lubrication behind his desk—all sequences are depicted in a cartoony and over-the-top manner. Characters are sometimes depicted nude (e.g,, breasts, buttocks, male genitalia). During the course of the game, players can observe characters snorting lines of cocaine, and in one level, players must complete a quest to bring a marijuana prescription to a character. The words “f**k,” “c*nt,” and “sh*t,” and racial epithets (e.g., “n**ga,” “sp*ok”) are heard in the dialogue.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is currently being co-developed by Ubisoft San Francisco and South Park Digital Studios with Ubisoft holding the publishing rights to the title. A sequel to the 2014 game South Park: The Stick of Truth, players control “The New Kid” residing in South Park. The game will feature twelve superhero classes from – Brutalist, Blaster, Speedster, Elementalist, Gadgeteer, Mystic, Cyborg, Psychic, Assassin, Commander, Netherborn, and Karate Kid.
Much like its predecessor, The Fractured but Whole is a role-playing game and maintains several gameplay elements featured in the first game including the same environmental puzzles, which will provide players to manipulate scenes or breakdown/move items to reach new areas and earn new gear or quest-related items.
If you would like more information on the game, check out the PC specifications required to run the game, new screenshots, 11 minutes of raw gameplay footage, and gameplay footage featuring commentary by the game’s director Jason Schroeder, and associate producer Kimberly Weigend.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is set to be released on October 17th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.