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The Stick of Truth hopes to be the first great South Park game

As if South Park, Colorado, doesn't have enough problems (Canadians, Gingers and the fearsome Jewpacabra among them), Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and the whole South Park gang will soon lay waste to the hapless burg in the upcoming video game South Park: The Stick of Truth.

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The latest in a long line of South Park-branded games -- including Chef's Luv Shack, South Park Rally and this year's Tenorman's Revenge -- the Stick of Truth promises to be the first one that might finally do justice to a show that's become a comedy institution.

The game came about when South Park Digital Studios called up Obsidian Entertainment, veteran developer of such beloved Role Playing Games as Neverwinter Nights II and Fallout: New Vegas, and told Obsidian that the show's creators, local heroes Matt Stone and Trey Parker, wanted to meet with the company and talk about a possible South Park RPG. After the dynamic duo were wowed by Obsidian's presentation, the developers rushed to put together a playable prototype of the game, borrowing the construction paper the show uses and trying to capture the unique cut-out look of South Park.

"We took it in to Matt and Trey," Obsidian CEO Ferragus Urquhart told Kotaku's Jason Schreier. "And Trey just grabs the controller and he's like, 'This feels awesome!' And Matt runs up to the screen and he goes 'That's the construction paper!' And they were like, 'Let's do this.' And that was that."

Written by Parker and Stone and loosely based on the classic episode "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers," the game revolves around a city-wide LARP-ing fantasy adventure that the kids of South Park have taken way too far, battling each other over possession of the titular Stick. You play as the new kid who just moved to town, and join Cartman, Kenny and Stan to defeat the elves and reclaim the Stick. You'll traverse all over South Park and summon characters like machine gun-wielding Jesus and the S&M-obsessed Mr. Slave to make short work of your foes.

The Stick of Truth has just been delayed past its original release date of March 2013, but expect it to join the proud pantheon of Colorado-set video games in late spring.

Trailer definitely NSFW: