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South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed again

Now coming sometime before April 2018

South Park: The Fractured But Whole cast Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed for a second time, publisher Ubisoft announced today. The foul-mouthed role-playing game based on the long-running animated series will now be released in Ubisoft’s upcoming fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 through March 2018.

Back at E3 2016, Ubisoft slotted The Fractured But Whole for a Dec. 6 debut. The company announced three months later that it had decided to push the game back to the first quarter of 2017. “The development team wants to make sure the game experience meets the high expectations of fans and the additional time will help them achieve this goal,” Ubisoft said at the time.

Because of the additional delay, Ubisoft revised its sales forecast for the current fiscal year, which ends March 31. The new range, which reflects the fact that The Fractured But Whole won’t be released in the 2016-17 fiscal year, runs from €1.61 billion ($1.72 billion) to €1.67 billion ($1.78 billion) — a drop of €155 million on the low end and €175 million on the high end.

The previous entry in the franchise, South Park: The Stick of Truth, also suffered a number of delays. It was originally scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012, but then-publisher THQ pushed the game into early 2013. The company then delayed the game again to later in 2013. After Ubisoft picked up The Stick of Truth during THQ’s collapse, the French publisher announced a December 2013 date but then pushed it back, too. The Stick of Truth was finally released in March 2014.

For more on South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which is in development on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, check out the game’s most recent trailer.

Update: We’ve added notes on the delays to South Park: The Stick of Truth, the predecessor to The Fractured But Whole.

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