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South Park: The Fractured But Whole takes on superheroes this December

Discover the horrific origin story in several new trailers

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will launch on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Dec. 6, Ubisoft announced today during its E3 event.

Ubisoft debuted several new looks at the game along with the release date reveal, as well as its central theme: playing a superhero. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker revealed that players would join the gang as a pretend superhero this time around, a different kind of fantasy from predecessor South Park: The Stick of Truth.

After the trailer, seen at the top of the page, Ubisoft introduced the first gameplay from the upcoming game. The demo above shows the silent new kid receiving his superheroic persona from Cartman. There are a dozen different classes available to players to choose from, and different powers can be mixed and matched between them.

Cartman will also decide on characters' "tragic backstories," which was demonstrated in another demo, below. Characters will play out their origins while Cartman narrates. Once that's established, heroes will fight off various denizens and villains around town, but combat is changing a bit this time around. Players can move in any direction to unleash attacks so powerful they'll "rip the fabric of time itself," Ubisoft said during a video seen below.

Pre-ordering The Fractured But Whole will net you The Stick of Truth as a free download. That's available starting today and makes it the first time the 2014 role-playing game comes to PS4 and Xbox One.

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