The THQ Nordic annual showcases revealed the new title South Park: Snow Day, and to everyone’s surprise it’s not another role-playing game.
THQ Nordic showed off a trailer with Cartman in the spotlight for the new game. The short trailer didn’t delve into details, but it does confirm that the game will be a co-op multiplayer beat ’em up. There is a mix of gameplay and standard South Park shenanigans on display. The studio is aiming to bring the popular TV show into mainstream gaming with accessible gameplay once again.
South Park shockingly became one of the strongest franchises when it came to licensed video games thanks to The Stick of Truth and The Fractured but Whole. Both are critically acclaimed RPGs, but this new title is set to take the Coloradan kids in a whole new direction.
What is South Park: Snow Day?
South Park: Snow Day is a beat ’em up set in the South Park universe. Cartman and his gang of friends are celebrating not having school for the day after a blizzard.
The trailer didn’t give much in terms of story, but it did show that the fantasy elements of The Stick of Truth will be featured. Cartman is wearing the wizard costume that was first introduced in the season six episode The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers, a spoof on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The rest of his friends are similarly in fantasy attire. Could Cartman be the mage of the party? The trailer seems to suggest so.
The camera briefly pans out, giving a top-down view of the battlefield. While the high fantasy elements suggest the game will be something akin to the smash hit Baldur’s Gate, the gameplay looks like something closer to the Lego Harry Potter games. South Park: Snow Day is a co-op adventure, but couch co-op is not confirmed.
Who is developing South Park: Snow Day?
Question Games is developing South Park: Snow Day, with THQ Nordiq set to publish the game.
The studio previously worked on The Magic Circle, a fantasy game with puzzle elements. More recently, Question Games worked on The Blackout Club, a co-op horror title released in 2019.
South Park: The Stick of Truth and The Fractured but Whole were both published by Ubisoft and were developed by Obsidian Entertainment and Ubisoft San Francisco, respectively. Obsidian Entertainment is currently working on open-world RPG Avowed. THQ Montreal acquired the rights to produce South Park video games from THQ after THQ filed for bankruptcy in 2014.
Given the critical and commercial success of Ubisoft’s South Park games, fans have been waiting for another video game set in their favorite universe. They won’t have to wait long. South Park: Snow Day comes out in 2024.