9:35am PT by Ryan Parker
'South Park: The Fractured But Whole' Has a Script the Size of 2 Feature Films
South Park fans clamoring for The Fractured But Whole should be kept busy for quite a while once they get it, as the script for the highly anticipated videogame is the size of two feature films.
Sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter before the Ubisoft game's Tuesday release, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone reveled in the fact that fans will have a lot of gameplay ahead of them.
"I sat down and played the game all the way through a few weeks ago, and even when you do that, it takes 12 hours," Stone told THR.
"It's 360 pages, so two feature films," Parker added. "It's massive."
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the duo's follow-up to the incredibly popular 2014 game, South Park: The Stick of Truth.
"The script is almost twice as big as Stick of Truth," Stone said.
That should be welcome news to frustrated fans who were hoping to get their hands on The Fractured But Whole last year. However, the release date had to be pushed back a few times, but for good reason, the duo explained.
"So much of South Park is feedback for us, even our own," Parker said. "We will start to see the animation [of the show] and can change it quickly if we don't like something, but with a game, it's a lot to make changes."
And that means time, which was necessary to ensure fans had the best experience possible, Parker said.
"It was on both sides, our office and Ubisoft," Parker explained. "They were like, 'We are waiting to see scripts,' and we were like, 'We are waiting to see gameplay.'"
Stone continued on that point: "The jokes are in the gameplay and the gameplay is in the jokes. The best stuff in the game is when there is that conversation between the two sides and the gameplay can be the joke. And I think we achieved that, but it does take more than a regular videogame to create."