South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But Whole will allow players to create a female avatar.
The decision was made halfway through the development of The Stick of Truth after Parker and Stone realized they overlooked the option.
In Stick of Truth we got halfway through the game, and we had narratively come up with the big Girls’ Quest halfway through it. [The Girls] were a faction in the fantasy world. And then someone’s like, ‘What if you want to be a girl?
Narratively, it didn’t work. We’d have to sh- can the whole game. So we just left it the way it was. This time, we obviously wanted to add that.
Stone also stated that the show’s characters will treat the main character differently if they choose the route of a female, which makes all the sense in the world when dealing with a group of 4th grade boys.
But the boys are little boys, because it’s really a story about little boys running around. So they don’t care about [your character being a girl]? That seems weird. They always seemed to care about it in the show. Are they dumb about it, and they don’t know? So you’re in hiding? Or do they totally care about that, and totally treat you differently? So we ended up doing those things differently for different characters.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on Dec. 6 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.