‘South Park’ Masterminds Trey Parker And Matt Stone Open Up About ‘The Stick Of Truth’

South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally headed to retail shelves after a lengthy delay. To get everyone excited about the upcoming release, the folks at Obsidian Entertainment have unveiled a new behind-the-scenes video.

For those who haven’t followed the game for any length of time, South Park: The Stick of Truth tells the touching story of the proverbial “new kid in town” as he attempts to make friends with the other youngsters who call the strange little place home.

South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to present this tale as an RPG, complete with random encounters and magic abilities. Instead of blasting your enemies with spells, you attack these foes with farts. No, we’re not making this up.

In the recent behind-the-scenes video, Parker explained that he wanted South Park: The Stick of Truth to really sell the flatulence. Instead of letting the game do all the work, players have control over how much damage these farts can do to their enemies.

“It was really important that you didn’t just press a button to fart but that it was analogue. You need to like feel it go out of your a**hole,” Parker said.

South Park co-creator Matt Stone added, “One of the kind of visceral joys of playing a video game is getting powerful. In ‘Zelda’ it’s that you become a master of the wind. In ‘Infamous’ you have electricity as your weapon. In [‘South Park: ‘The Stick of Truth’] we made it farts which is probably not that big of a surprise.”

What’s particularly cool about South Park: The Stick of Truth is how much the game looks like the TV show. The animation is spot-on, giving players the sensation that they’re actually stepping into an episode of the long-running series. The behind-the-scenes video also explores the depth of the character creation system.

After a series of delays — including the demise of publisher THQ — South Park: The Stick of Truth will finally arrive for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 4. Since Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and the folks at Obsidian Entertainment put so much time and effort into the game, Parker hopes the reviews reflect their hard work.

“I hope we don’t get a f***ing four on Gamespot, that’s what I hope,” Parker said.

Are you planning to pick up a copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth later this year? What do you think about having full control of your character’s fart ability?