Gamers will be able to join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as they take on new adventures in South Park: The Game. THQ announced it will publish the collaboration between South Park Digital Studios – a joint venture of Viacom Media Networks and South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker – and Obsidian Entertainment next year.

Unlike previous games, which frequently were perceived as a cash-in on the iconoclastic animated property, this new project is being described as an actual role-playing adventure with an epic scope that opens up the boys’ home town for exploration as never before.

“Our goal is simple: to put creative talent first,” said Danny Bilson, executive vice president Core Games, THQ. “Matt and Trey are arguably two of the most important comedic talents of their generation. Bringing their vision of South Park to the interactive space is a dream-come-true.”

Obsidian Entertainment is best known for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Fallout: New Vegas, which supports the promise of this title providing actual gameplay instead of coasting on the popularity of the TV show. Further increasing anticipation is the fact that Parker and Stone are writing the script, performing the dialogue and remaining hands-on during the development of South Park: The Game.

THQ chose to reveal the first details of the game in the January issue of Game Informer, which will be mailed to subscribers before reaching newsstands on Dec. 8. “As the new kid in South Park, it’ll be up to you to make friends and defend the town from a wide range of threats,” the magazine said when it revealed the relevant cover image.

South Park: The Game is scheduled to be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC in the second half of calendar 2012.

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