E3 2008: Fable 2 Impressions

Lionhead Studios' Peter Molyneux shows off a brief co-op demo of his upcoming RPG during the MS press conference, and we've got impressions.

Among Microsoft's top-tier games on stage at the company's 2008 E3 press conference, which included Gears of War 2, Resident Evil 5, and Fallout 3, another sequel on the horizon is Fable 2. Lionhead Studios head Peter Molyneux took the stage during the press conference to give a brief demonstration of the game's open-ended style, one that looks to create a fantasy role-playing universe that is unique to each player who enters the world of Albion.

The game will take place 500 years after the first game and, as the demo opened, the camera moved into a dead land, full of leafless trees and snowy hills. The camera then focused on a tiny bird that took off into flight, eventually arriving in a bustling village before settling on the edge of a building's roof. From there, the bird decided to make a deposit, if you know what we mean, and that deposit fell down in dramatic slow-motion before landing on the head of a child standing underneath. As it turns out, that unfortunate tyke is you--or rather the young character you'll play as Fable 2 begins. Of course, your Fable 2 hero will look completely different from the one shown during the stage show; as Molyneux pointed out, your main character in Fable 2 will be unique to you, and will age throughout the game on his or her path to becoming a hero.

You'll also have your dog, which was shown briefly during the demo. Molyneux once again enthusiastically talked about your canine companion, but beyond a happy-looking pup walking around the main character, there wasn't much new to talk about. What was new was the idea of ambient orbs. These are purple orbs that float through the world as representations of your friends who also happen to be playing Fable 2 at the moment. At any given time, you can walk up to an orb and immediately invite that player into your version of Albion. The invitation and acceptance seemed to be instantaneous; no need to deal with the Xbox Live friends list or invites.

When playing with a co-op buddy, the open-ended nature of Fable 2 continues. As Molyneux put it, you're welcome to go hack-and-slash some buddies, or try some more quotidian pursuits, such as invite your friends over to your home. In the demo, Molyneux brought his friend over to his home and then introduced his wife and four-year-old son. Children will grow up over time in Fable 2, and you'll be able to interact with people in the alternate version of Albion thatyou're visiting. Co-op players will be able to drop in and out of Fable 2 at any point in the game.

Molyneux's presentation of Fable 2 was all too brief and still left us with more questions than answers. Then again, we did get one important answer from this demo: Molyneux said that Fable 2 will be released this October. We hope to learn more about this fascinating game during the week at E3, so stay tuned for all of our coverage.

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jellyjamsixpack
jellyjamsixpack

WOW! I Have been waiting for this game for like 2 years and I can't wait. This is hopefully going to be the next Oblivion. I played Fable and Fable The Lost Chapters and those games were awesome! So I can't wait. I have already Pre-ordered the special edition and you can bet I will be at the midnight release

Wired2Strike
Wired2Strike

wow i am buying a 360 just for this game lol.. it would be much better on 360 than pc(Co-Op, Online) I Cant wait Already Have It Pre-Ordered lol.. Ive waited Sooooo Long For This One I love Fable and if Fable 2 Is Better..well it will be pretty much god lol

husainml
husainml

wish it comes out on ps3

dtboy
dtboy

nice i played the first one awhile ago and i was completley good until the end when i killed the girl to get the sword..

Ssuwaina
Ssuwaina

Seems great, hope it becomes RPG of the year, would be realy messed up if it became worst game of the year.....

toddze
toddze

Flen 15 you dont have to buy a 360 for this game, you just have to wait a little longer and get it for PC.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

i'm a little pissed cause i'll be in school when this comes out, and i've known about this since like 2007 summer.........Microsoft u evil bastards i love you guys btw-be cool if ur dog turned into a wolfish creature when ur evil

Flen15
Flen15

*sigh* Why did they have to do this? Now I have no choice but to buy a 360. FABLE II LOOKS SO AWESOME!!

shadyelf
shadyelf

I just might get a 360 for this (there are other good games too, but I'll start with this). Although I will wait and see if a PC version is announced, which will take a while to get people like me to get a 360 instead of the PC version :P

muscles27
muscles27

I loved the fable 1 even though it was short so i can guarantee i will love fable 2 alredy pre-orderd my special edition this will easily make RPG OF THE YEAR NO DOUBTS ABOUT IT

aduana69
aduana69

Thanks Molineux for this game

ahmedbilal1993
ahmedbilal1993

Its shaping up quite nicely. Maybe, it would be the best rpg this year.

jorge005
jorge005

extremekaos... it could be RPG of the year any non-final fantasy year. I'm not giving the prize to FFXIII just yet but odds are in favor of FFXIII

Megawizard
Megawizard

I just hope they test the co-op thoroughly enough that if someone else joins in, there's nothing they can do to completely glitch your game to the point that you can't play it.

extremekaos
extremekaos

As far as I know, the story from Fable 1 doesnt connect to this one. I recommend playing the first one though (it's not that long). That way you'll see just how much Albion has changed between the 2 games. BTW, I'll bet my 360 that this is RPG of the year

musica23
musica23

woah.. i never played the first one... but thats not gonna bother me when i play fable 2 on october.. right?

grambyte
grambyte

Sigh I'm so impatiently waiting for this game I need to comment about it twice :P in the hope it will ease the pain. But I'm afraid it won't...

Galadreil782
Galadreil782

I CANNOT wait for Fable 2 ! Its gonna be the game of the year in my books ... well hopefully :lol: Looks great and now I am so pumped for release

Maxor127
Maxor127

Why does it seem like every story I read seems like it's some breaking news that this game is coming out in October?

ultrafighte1
ultrafighte1

Oh man I can't wait! I played the first Fable and loved it, and this one is going to be even better!

XDaJokermanX
XDaJokermanX

I never played the first Fable but this game seems really appealing to me. I've grown a liking to fantasy RPGs thanks to Oblivion and WoW. I really want this game to continue that.

Gedden
Gedden

To Magentorex wrote "Gedden, online co-op was confirmed almost from the get go. " Actually no Mag it wasn't. Couch multplayer was announce awhile ago, but online XBL multiplayer wasn't announced until a couple days ago.

Fable_fan88
Fable_fan88

i am gettin' dat fo sho. Fo Sho. haha this is going to be awesome. i really can't wait, i heard its coming out the 26th of october. that sounds good to me, my Birthday is the 25th. it would be a nice birthday gift! Thanks Molyneux, after this game, i will not have a life for like 3 to 6 months....

dragonps
dragonps

Seeing the vid has made me want the game even more! The sheer amount of effort that’s gone into this game is reason enough to buy it.

Silpion21
Silpion21

Nice game hope to play is soon :D

Slay3r7023
Slay3r7023

WOW, i wont lie at first i was not that excited about this game, but after seeing the E3 gameplay i cant believe that i was not excited. I love the art direction that this game was going for (and completely nailed). Cant wait until release of this game.

Mozillo
Mozillo

YAY!!!! This seems to be a futur christmas in the macking. This game is going to be so freaking sweet.

Kman_13ayn_12
Kman_13ayn_12

yea theres actaully a demo of molyneux and his co-worker or something playing online and his buddy came into his world and shot and killed molyneux's husband( Peter was a woman in his game). what lion head was trying to do with fable 2 was make it as life like as possible and let you make alll your decisions, even killing peoples families and stealing all there stuff. whether you can boot that person out of your world or not if they do that to you i have no clue but i think you should be able to do that

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I wonder how co-op works in terms of restrictions? Suppose you invited me to your Albion. Could I murder your wife and steal all the stuff in your house? The only reason I mention it is the atrocities that occurred frequently in Animal Crossing.

diegoroots
diegoroots

Fable 2 is goin to be amazing fall will be the best season of my life Mini games next month helll yea

Mason881
Mason881

I will either pre-order or get the day comes out i'm playng first right now

gusdaddy
gusdaddy

this game looks promising, please don't suck.

loshiscka
loshiscka

it will come in this first month of school!! grrrrr if they reales it at october 1st it will be good but after that with one week +_+ it will be bad

omnifas
omnifas

@moronk Most likely what he meant was the content intended for release was finished but they still have to debug, optimize, any other finishing touches

mrhuntin
mrhuntin

the show of fable two look great

Moronk
Moronk

I loved the 'Orb" idea that Fable 2 introduces. Molyneux said, in the conference that the orb system eliminates a lobby. Fable 2 was also confirmed to be released in October. I find this confusing because Molyneux opened the Fable 2 demo with the words "Fable 2 is finished" I guess that they would say that to ensure that Lionhead would meet the deadline of October. If it is done, Why Not Start Shipping Now? the only answer I can see is debugging. The Suspense is torture. I can't wait to get my hands on this game.

-Fable-
-Fable-

Fable: TLC was awesome and Fable 2 is only going to be better - wow! I've never been so exited for Oct. to come around since I was a kid (I'm a Libra)! Mark my words, I'm saying it b4 we even play it - this game will get best RPG of the year!