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November Cover Revealed – South Park: The Fractured But Whole

by Ben Reeves on Oct 04, 2016 at 06:00 AM

Matt Stone and Trey Parker have created a hit TV show, several blockbuster films, and an award-winning Broadway musical, but in 2014 the duo finally cracked the code with video games and released the critically-acclaimed South Park: The Stick of Truth. Now South Park’s creators have teamed up with Ubisoft for a sequel that looks to deliver a richer gameplay experience and a longer narrative without sacrificing any of South Park’s iconic humor. After an exclusive behind-closed-doors tour of Ubisoft San Francisco's office, we returned with a detailed look at what sets The Fractured But Whole apart from its predecessor, and why it has the potential to be one of the funniest games ever made.

During our studio visit, we spoke with senior producer Jason Schroeder and director of design Paul Cross about how the studio has shifted its development approach to adapt to the creative whims of South Park’s creators. We also had opportunities to explore The Fractured But Whole’s extensive character creation system, discover how the last few seasons of the show affect the game, and go hands-on with the new board game-inspired battle system. You can read about all of this and more in our 14-page blowout cover story.


Above: Get a taste of our month of exclusive content in this coverage trailer (or watch and share it on YouTube).

Beyond our extensive South Park: The Fractured But Whole coverage, the November issue has several more articles worth diving into. Jeff Cork breaks down the current 4K landscape, how the latest console updates take advantage of these new displays, and helps you decide whether or not it's time to buy a new television. Brian Shea charts the downfall of Sega's iconic mascot Sonic the Hedgehog, while offering fans hope for the series' future. Kimberley Wallace interviews space cowboy (and actor) Nathan Fillion about his love for games and his work in them. In our Classic section, we rank every first-party controller from the NES to the Xbox One S. Meanwhile, the GI Staff finally gets hands-on time with some big fall releases like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, The Last Guardian, and Pokémon: Sun and Moon.

Print subscribers should see their issues arriving in the next week or two, but it will be available later today if you subscribe digitally (available on PC/MaciPadAndroid, and Google Play). You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on NookKindle, and Zinio starting tomorrow. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here. To create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here.

Our South Park: The Fractured But Whole coverage doesn't end with the 14-page cover story. Return to our hub throughout the month for more exclusive interviews with the team, a breakdown on the New Kid's powers, as well as the development team's favorite South Park episodes. You can access the hub by clicking on the banner below.