South Park: The Fractured But Whole will miss its December 7 release date. Making the announcement through their blog, publisher, Ubi Soft gave no particular reason for the delay. Ubi Soft stated, “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.” The game has been pushed into Q1 2017, with no specific date set.
December, usually a slow month for major releases, is currently packed with releases. December 7 alone will see the release of Dead Rising 4 and Sony’s recently delayed The Last Guardian. It seems likely Ubi Soft’s delay is to push The Fractured But Whole into a less crowded release window.
When it comes to delays, South Park has been around the block. South Park: The Stick of Truth, the predecessor to The Fractured But Whole, was delayed numerous times after its original publisher, THQ, declared bankruptcy. The rights to the game were eventually sold to Ubi Soft and the game was released in early 2014.
The Fractured But Whole continues where The Stick of Truth left off. Players are once again forced into the hijinks of South Park as the new kid in town. This time around the children of South Park trade in their swords and shields in exchange for capes and masks. While planning out their superhero phase plan (ala Marvel), a civil war breaks out between the heroes of South Park. The new kid in town is caught in the middle as Coon and Friends battle it out with the Justice Pals to determine who has the best phase plan.
Fans needing to get their South Park fix can now catch new episodes every Wednesday on Comedy Central. The Fractured But Whole will be available in early 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.