South Park's Facebook page received a new trailer for South Park: the Stick of Truth today which showed a lot of promise. The trailer showcased gameplay both in and out of combat. Watching an elementary schooler beat another kid with a bat until he bleeds is exactly what I'd expect from a South Park game. As long as there are a good variety of these abilities in the final game I could see the battle system being entertaining from its hilarity alone. One of the battles even included Jimmy as a bard singing dirty songs to power up his allies.
And I don't know why I was worried about how the game would look while exploring; in classic South Park style the characters just jitter along with all the animation budget of a kindergarten stop-motion movie project, so it's perfect.
The end of the trailer ended up on quite a down note, though, with a new release date announced for March of next year, instead of the previously-announced December of this year. According to a post on Ubisoft's blog the creators of South Park are excited to see how this game is coming along: "We always wanted the game to feel like you’re actually in an episode of South Park,” say Matt Stone and Trey Parker “Getting the game up to the crappy standards of the show has been a real challenge and we’re excited to say it’s taken way longer than we thought it would."
While I'm certainly unhappy about the delay, the trailer at least demonstrates some great promise, so I guess I'd rather wait for a great game than get an unfinished one in December.