clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Let’s watch the new South Park: The Fractured But Whole trailer without saying ... that word

Cartman’s a perfect hero for these times

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Let’s see if I can write around Cartman's elephant-in-the-room superhero name, though it is in perfect character for someone so spoiled and provocatively insensitive. (Anyone who created a thief in The Stick of Truth knows what I'm getting at here.) The latest trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole establishes the conspiracy facing the super-team as they embark upon their quest to start a cinematic universe starring themselves.

The other names of the super team are long familiar to South Park fans and no less chortle-inducing. Seriously, go read this Wikia entry. It bothers the hell out of me that we still haven't seen Stilt-Man in a Marvel Comics game, but Toolshed, The Human Kite and Professor Chaos all get A-list treatment here.

But yeah, Cartman. I was wondering how they would handle this in the marketing, and it appears to be the same whats-the-problem shrug that the show itself gives the character. Lord knows what kind of talk Trey Parker and Matt Stone had with publishing standards about that one, but if their original name for the game — "The Butthole of Time" — had to be sacrificed so that Cartman's alter ego remains consistent with series canon, so be it.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole's slurs, profanity, and time-stopping flatulence blast out the door sometime in the first three months of 2017, for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.