Newly discovered footage of unreleased ‘South Park’ game is glitchy, weird, and glorious

It's barely playable, but that's part of the fun of this new footage.


Imad Khan

Internet Culture

Published Sep 28, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 9:53 pm CDT

New footage has emerged showing a never-released South Park game designed for the original Xbox—and it’s nothing like the 2014 game The Stick of Truth.

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Buzz Monkey Software, a Eugene, Oregon, studio now owned by Zynga, created the game, which was found running on an Xbox development kit in a pre-alpha state.

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In pre-alpha form, the game is almost unplayable; the hosts from HappyConsoleGamer, the YouTube channel that shared the footage, had to reboot the game multiple times just to explore all of Cartman’s house.

The game looks a lot like South Park games of yore: Instead of trying to mimic the 2D cardboard-cutout art style of the show, it opted for full 3D models. That makes sense, because the game was meant to be a Simpsons: Hit and Run clone—essentially, Grand Theft Auto but for South Park.

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A moderator on the Nintendo Age Forums unearthed footage of a cutscene from this never-released game in 2014. It’s a bit unnerving, but interesting nonetheless.

Hopefully this video can satiate your South Park appetite as we all patiently await the release of The Fractured But Whole.

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H/T Kotaku | Screengrab via HappyConsoleGamer/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 28, 2015, 1:38 pm CDT