South-Park-Won-t-Be-Coming-to-Nintendo-Switch South Park Won't Be Coming to Nintendo Switch

   29/03/2017 at 23:19       Richard Horne       0 COMMENTS.
 - South Park: The Fractured But Whole, RPG, Eric Cartman, Nintendo Switch

There hasn't been much good news for South Park fans lately. The most recent game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, was initially supposed to be released in time for the 2016 holidays. Then it was pushed back until the beginning of this year. After that, it was delayed yet again with an expected release date sometime in during Ubisoft's next fiscal year. That means it could come out any time between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. Now, despite all the extra time, we've received another piece of bad news, especially for Nintendo fans.

There had been a rumour that the game might come to the Nintendo Switch after the show tweeted a picture of Eric Cartman saying "Nin-ten-do. I'm coming," earlier this month. Fans quickly began to speculate on a potential South Park game for the system, but these hopes were quickly squashed. A representative from the South Park studio confirmed that there are currently no plans to bring the game to Nintendo's latest console. Ubisoft hasn't made any comment on the message.

It's a shame because, despite a few notable first-party franchises like Zelda, the Switch still finds itself in need of some quality third-party support. South Park would be a natural fit thanks to its massive fan-base and RPG-style gameplay that would easily transfer to both mobile and console systems. The appeal of the Switch as a mobile hybrid opens up a wealth of possibilities for developers. It also makes it so that certain styles of games are particularly well-suited to the new system. Among these are titles with relatively simple gameplay that can be enjoyed on the go as easily they can at home. Of course, even complex titles like the aforementioned Zelda: Breath of the Wild are changing the idea of what a mobile game can be, but classic, straight-forward genres still work exceptionally well. This is all the more reason why a South Park bundle including Stick of Truth would make so much sense for the Switch.

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 20 years since there was a South Park game on a Nintendo system. The last time it happened was with the release of South Park Rally (a Mario Kart-style racing game) in 1999. Since then, the franchise had been relatively quiet on the digital front (minus a couple of Xbox Live Arcade games) until the release of the big-budget Stick of Truth in 2014. The game was a surprising critical darling that turned out to be one of the best games of the year, and one of the best RPGs we'd seen in some time. It would seem that Stick of Truth helped to open the flood gates for a host of other casual games to enter the market as well. Those frustrated by the wait for The Fractured But Whole can still find plenty of games online to keep them busy in the meantime. There are a number of arcade games featuring pop-culture franchises designed for online casinos where fans can still find fun new ways to play with their favourite South Park characters. These games provide a new twist on your usual slot reel, and are compatible with home browsers and mobile devices. They also look like they might be the only mobile South Park title you're going to find any time soon.

While there's a slim chance we might not see The Fractured But Whole until 2018, we're hoping that the game will be released sooner, rather than later. Ubisoft has yet to offer any further details on an actual release date, but it's not unlikely that we should see it by the summer. We'll keep our fingers crossed that Cartman, Kyle, Kenny, Stan and the rest of the colourful cast will be gracing our consoles soon enough.

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