South Park: The Fractured But Whole Mocks Kanye West in Trailer Announcing Game's Gold Status

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It’s been a long time coming for The Fractured But Whole, but after a delay, the new South Park RPG from Ubisoft is ready to go. Through a trailer, the publisher announced that the game has officially gone gold.

The video (embedded above) takes us straight to a mysterious cave, where the unfortunately named superhero Seaman introduces our player character to Kanye West, now fully transformed into a gay fish. The video then ventures into some pretty uncomfortable territory.

Gay fish Kanye gives the player the task of helping escort his deceased mother into heaven—devoted followers of Yeezus may recall West’s real-life videogame with a similar premise, Only One. The video then goes to show the gameplay of the gay fish’s mother riding a farting unicorn, in a Flappy Bird-type minigame.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren’t exactly the nicest guys in the business (their humor and our resulting laughter is somewhat dependent on it), but we imagine that some would have trouble with them mocking West’s method of grieving—not to mention the imagery of the mother with an extremely dark complexion, puffy red lips and big eyes, which invokes some imagery of minstrel performers in blackface. Of course, this is also the same game that has notorious brat Eric Cartman as “The Coon.”

South Park will keep doing its thing for now, insulting everyone and everything that could possibly feel any offense in its mission to satirize and produce laughs. Eurogamer found a bit of this satire during a recent playthrough, with a “difficulty slider” that apparently (but not really) makes the game more difficult if your character has darker skin. Cartman clarifies, “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.”

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will finally hit Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 17.