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At last! At Ubisoft's media event just before the start of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), fans finally got their first significant chunk of info about the upcoming RPG, South Park™: The Fractured but Whole™. If you missed it, you can watch a replay here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhhl6IdbqnM), but if you want the most crucial information, here's a quick recap of the half-dozen things you absolutely need to know right now. (http://southpark.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/news/152-248497-16/six-things-you-need-to-know-about-south-park-the-fractured-but-whole)

MATT AND TREY ARE THE GUIDING FORCE BEHIND THE GAME.

South Park is the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone: the show's continued success is all due to their creative vision. Fans will be very pleased to hear that Matt and Trey have been working with the team at Ubisoft Studio San Francisco for two years already – writing the dialogue, voicing the characters, and keeping everything aligned as an authentic South Park experience. With Matt and Trey deeply involved from day one, South Park: The Fractured but Whole is the real deal.

THE NEW GAME'S STORY BEGINS WHERE THE LAST GAME ENDED.

If you played South Park™: The Stick of Truth™ (http://southpark.cc.com/games/stick-of-truth) – and hopefully you did, but if you missed it, there's now an opportunity to get it for free (http://southpark.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/buy/index.aspx) – you'll find that your story picks up right where it left off. You're the new kid in town, and events of the first game have just resolved. Trouble is, the kids have decided to play superheroes instead, so you're once again starting from scratch. Cartman has a detailed plan for his Coon and Friends hero franchise, so you'll need to create your own superhero from a dozen hero types, customizing your origin story and powers as you progress. And when strange things begin happening in town at night, Coon and Friends may find there's more danger in South Park than they ever imagined.

LONGER IS BETTER.

One common reaction from South Park: The Stick of Truth fans was that the game was fun, but not nearly as long as they'd hoped it would be. Good news: South Park: The Fractured but Whole is significantly longer – roughly twice the playtime of the first game. It's a significantly bigger game with more to do and a lot more player choice. So once you finally return to South Park, look forward to staying there a while.

THE BATTLE SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPLETELY OVERHAULED.

In South Park: The Stick of Truth, combat was fun but fairly straightforward – its turn-based combat wasn't very strategic. In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, you'll be able to use every battleground tactically, moving your team members into position, using cover and the environment to your advantage. With some powers, you can even move your enemies into position. And yes, flanking is totally a valid tactic – feel free to come from behind. In addition to utilizing the space of the combat zones, you can also manipulate time. The new kid's farts are so powerful, they can shatter the fabric of time, letting you change the order of attacks or skip enemies' turns altogether. From a tactical perspective, there’s going to be a lot more to consider this time around.

PRE-PURCHASE DIGITALLY TODAY, GET SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH FREE – TODAY.

Ubisoft announced a pre-purchase offer at the press conference, which is something so unexpected, it’s worth clarifying. If you digitally pre-purchase South Park: The Fractured but Whole for PlayStation®4 system or PC today, you'll get a free copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth (http://southpark.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/buy/index.aspx) that you can download immediately and enjoy all summer long. That offer is good for both the standard and Gold digital editions of the game; check the storefronts for PlayStation®4 (https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/south-park-the-fractured-but-whole-gold-edition/cid=UP0001-CUSA04311_00-SFSOUTHPARK2GOLD) and Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/488790/)for more information. If you pre-order (http://southpark.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/buy/index.aspx) any of the physical editions of South Park: The Fractured But Whole – including the Collector's Edition (http://southpark.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/buy/index.aspx), which features a limited-edition figurine of The Coon and more exclusive items – you’ll find a code for your free, digital copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth waiting for you inside the box when you pick up your game.

So, by pre-ordering any edition, you’ll get South Park: The Stick of Truth free – but you’ll only get the original game immediately if you pre-purchase the digital version of South Park: The Fractured but Whole, with all funds up-front. Got it? Cool.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SPRING 2017.

We know you want to dive deep into South Park: The Fractured but Whole as soon as possible, but Spring 2016 will be here before you know it. Naturally, this is just the beginning – there's more to reveal and discuss between now and then. We'll take a closer look at the characters, gameplay, and fan activities surrounding the game in the coming months. Keep checking back here for the latest!