Gamers are going to be able to return to South Park once again with THQ and Obsidian Entertainment announcing details of a new collaboration between themselves and South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

South Park: The Game is due to be “an epic role-playing adventure that will allow the user to befriend Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny and explore the quiet little mountain town like never before,” states the press release.

“Our goal is simple: to put creative talent first,” said Danny Bilson, EVP 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.”

Given Obsidian are behind such greats as Fallout: New Vegas and Neverwinter Nights 2 expect plenty of exploration, authentic dialogue providing scripting is done by the brilliant Matt Stone and Trey Parker and the possibility of combat – maybe in a similar way to Double Fine’s Costume Quest?

We can certainly imagine there being scope for Stan, etc. to visit World of Warcraft or do battle as their manga alternatives, particularly if the dastardly Professor Chaos is in town.

Beyond that speculation however we only know that more details will be revealed in January, the game is being developed for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and is slated for a Q3/Q4 2012 release.