Unpaid Prototype Work Led to South Park: The Stick of Truth
The team tried to get the tone of the cartoon series right
South Park: The Stick of Truth only exists as a video game because the developers at Obsidian were willing to work on the first version of the game without being paid until they managed to impress cartoon series creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone.The team was confident about its role-playing game expertise, but struggled to create the unique look of South Park, despite the fact that they worked with the show developers in order to get the tone right.
Feargus Urquhart, the leader of Obsidian, tells Kotaku that, “They said, ‘That’s totally on the right track, once you do a little bit more.”
The team continued to work on the game without being paid and finally Viacom offered the resources required to keep developing the idea before publisher THQ decided to pick it up.