Fable II DLC delayed

Knothole Island add-on to Lionhead's best-seller pushed back to late January; Microsoft fingers "unexpected technical difficulties" as culprit.

Last month, Microsoft announced that Fable II, the sequel to Lionhead Studios' best-selling role-playing game, had already sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. More than half of those were bought in the United States in the 10 days after its October 21 release, according to figures from top retail-tracking company NPD Group.

The size of Fable II's fan base ensures massive disappointment in this week's news that the first downloadable content expansion for the game has been delayed. In a note posted on Xbox.com's Fable II page last night, Microsoft apologized for the postponement, which pushes the DLC's launch back one month from its previously scheduled December 22 debut.

"Due to unexpected technical difficulties, the Fable II: Knothole Island expansion will not be available until late January 2009," read the post. However, registration for the Knothole Island Download and Win sweepstakes, which features a custom 360 signed by Fable creator Peter Molyneux as a grand prize, remains open.

As the name implies, Fable II's Knothole Island DLC adds a new isle region to a far-off corner of the game's realm. Once a tropical paradise, the isolated area has been stricken by a mysterious, wintry darkness that is killing off its various flora and fauna. Players will have to undertake three trials to cast off the curse plaguing Knothole Island, which will be available via Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points ($10)…eventually.

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rshocking9
rshocking9

13th almost here...can't...wait....much ....longer.....

stormtrooper377
stormtrooper377

first of all everyone needs to stfu about it being peter mloneuxs fault, he didnt making the game all on his own, and its not even lion heads fault. would you rather them come out with it and have glitches and bugs galore that crash your game? or would you rather wait A MONTH and have a fantastic addon. secondly from what ive heard is there is going to be 7 quests and 1 legendary weapon.

themc_7
themc_7

hopefully its's big enough to justify buying. " Players will have to undertake three trials to cast off the curse plaguing Knothole Island" meaning there are only 3 quests? I just hope for 10 bucks they put in some other goodies to make it worth while

Joeyg431
Joeyg431

It's not Peter Molyneux. It's Lionhead studios, and it's not their fault. They're fixing bugs. Just wait, man. Anyway, I think it would be neat if they added vehicles/mounts. Like horses, or broomsticks ( '-' ). But then again, the walking isn't that much of a hassle. Perhaps they could release a map that would make vehicles more useful.

ssj4jaksta
ssj4jaksta

peter molyneux changing his mind? what a surprise....

join993
join993

When I first completed Fable 2 I was wondering: "Will there be a Lost chapters wannabe for this too? :D" And I was right! I love Fable, both 1, 2 and TLC... And I think I'll love this too! It's better to have them take long time with it than to have bugs! :)

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

" shani_boy101 Posted Dec 20, 2008 11:35 pm GMT even though i don't have Fable 2 and i'm getting a PS3 in a few months, i've played Fable TLC and a bit of this game and its great. could've done more though. seriously, if microsoft keep charging you guys for ANY tiny little bit of DLC, you need to stand up and fight against it. they have enough money, so why are they charging for everything possible?" They charge for DLC for the same exact reason Sony and Nintendo do. Because they can and, will.

sarbjot
sarbjot

not really a art of fantasy

mech-warrior97
mech-warrior97

i want the dlc be bug free but its still disappointing

Chris23
Chris23

who cares as long as it comes out and isn't buggy.. take all the time u need. just like every other game should.

trw534
trw534

i just got fable 2 and i like it but i dont know if i want this new map area

kewendel
kewendel

There's a huge loading problem with Fable 2. At random but frequently, the game will freeze mid-play or get stuck in the loading screen. This problem has been theorized to be due to the download patch for Co-op play. I guess this extra download content is delayed because they are trying to fix this problem first.

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

i wonder what their technical difficulties were...?

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

even though i don't have Fable 2 and i'm getting a PS3 in a few months, i've played Fable TLC and a bit of this game and its great. could've done more though. seriously, if microsoft keep charging you guys for ANY tiny little bit of DLC, you need to stand up and fight against it. they have enough money, so why are they charging for everything possible?

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

I wonder what they're working on

pixelisedgamer
pixelisedgamer

I wonder if they'll do the northern wastes next?

COD4ME
COD4ME

Any DLC is good DLC even if it comes out a bit late. I'm just thankful that Lionhead is at least making something.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

do you think Scythe is in Knothole Glade? that'd be bad a.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

I'm just happy you can go to Knothole Glade, even if I have to wait =(

casket56
casket56

oh well, im sure it'll be worth the wait in the long run

avatarofwoe314
avatarofwoe314

This being said, I don't think anything short of a whole new game's worth of DLC would make this game great.

avatarofwoe314
avatarofwoe314

I think Fable 2 was all hype and delivered very little. The combat is incredibly easy. I kill people by pressing X, Y, and B repeatedly. You get money by working. Great, I play games to kill people. If I want to work for money, I'd work more hours at work. The story is short and weak. Its not even that big even though they said it would be huge. Also, the sidequests are lame. The main bad guy is essentially non existent. This makes you realize how good other games like Oblivion and GTA 4 are. Those games have just as many special features as Fable 2. They also have good plot, good side quests, and good stories. Fable 2 just doesn't seem to justify the $60 I paid for it. Fable 2 just doesn't live up to its predecessor.

thisnickstolen
thisnickstolen

Thats BS! I just get off for holidays expecting to be playing some new Fable in a few days and We get this? Bad form Lion Head, bad form.

BloodbaneOpskyr
BloodbaneOpskyr

People should reread their posts before they submit them but I guess there 's no spell check for stupidity.

XdavidCAzen23x
XdavidCAzen23x

And as for Lionhead, maybe their real mistake is all the talking that Peter M does before the actual release of the game. Pumping up unrealistic expectations from the fan base (consumers) is what that guy does and he can never deliver his grandiose vision in full effect. I am really irritated this content has been further pushed back, I was already irritated the first time, I thought I should've had this content by now...And considering the amount of flaws and glitches still currently existing in the game, I am very irritated that Lionhead still hasn't fixed them all, considering the fact they didn't fix them before they took my $60 bucks for a copy of fable 2. oh but aspiringAndy SEZ that they probably ran out of time to add new content because of all the bugs they were fixing... UH, right, have you played fable 2 before andy?

XdavidCAzen23x
XdavidCAzen23x

really? do you develop games AspiringAndy? It's dumb to defend people that rip off millions of people by selling them unfinished games for a finished game's price. Anyone who defends that status quo either works in the gaming industry or is a complete idiot.

vengeance00
vengeance00

i'm probably going to give this a miss until its either free or theres more content, playing the same game twice was enough.

AspiringAndy
AspiringAndy

This is kind of stupid now because, I think that it was trying to fit in with the festive theme on that date but, now that It is AFTER Christmas. And stop saying "WTF THIS SHOULD VE BEEN ON THE DISC, RIP OFf". When you are developing a game you get to a point where you cannot add any more content because they have to start bug testing or whatever. I think that Lionhead is making it's first priority to not repeat history with the number of bugs on the disk.

GMarks06
GMarks06

WTF...10$ Dollars for an expansion pack of 1 island and 3 quest chains, for a game that we all just recently paid 60 bucks for.......are u serious? I could understand if the game was everything it was talked up 2 be, and you ACTUALLY do all of the fun things that should have been in the game.. then maybe I would consider the dlc. But lets be real the super amazing unmatched unbelievably amazing co-op moments wuz the biggest piece of @#$! ever, not to mention that you could probobaly run throught this game in one day........And don't try to say theirs so much to do in this game because itz not, it's simply just work for money, buy house and armor, get married,have kids, kill the guy who shot ur sister....stupid ending after no real BOSS BATTLE.........sad very sad Peter

I_Like_Muffins
I_Like_Muffins

huh... why does this not suprise me in teh least? ill tell you why, because peter molenoux is full of it! a few months ago, i would want to hit anyone who said that, but after the complete and utter disapointment that is Fable 2, i feel mor einclined to agree with them. he promised so much, he promised to put all teh things he missed in fable1 in no. 2 i think fable 2 is more lacking than the first one, which is a LOT better. the 2nd game is shallow and poorly constructed, how something so crap took nearly 5 years to make, and still have so many prblems, ill never know. mister molenoux, shame on you...

lamprey263
lamprey263

that's okay to me, I still haven't even finished that game yet

tyzwain
tyzwain

Whats wrong with the mini-map? I prefere it, otherwise I end up looking at the map all the time.

daveneonfarrell
daveneonfarrell

Sucks. I wanted to play this before spring semester starts up. oh well. maybe in the summer.

guthwulf_de
guthwulf_de

Why am I not surprised by this delay...

Sacapalpavo
Sacapalpavo

aren't they planning to patch this in order to get the minimap on screen like before? it sucks having to pause each time you want to look at it, and i partially agree with "truthbetold101" it could have been a lot better, it toook me like a 4 days to really start liking the game a lot, at first i feelt ripped off, 'cause of the minimap, the graphics, since i liked the first so much, i didnt even waited to buy the sequel, but what makes it good its the same that made the first one good too, so yes, it could be far better, i expected far better (i guess oblivion rised the bar...) the knothole island should have been already there, not as an expansion, why not more armors!!! and more on the mainquest...anyhow, its good, i dont complain that much anymore, but i should have been better...

Mace360
Mace360

I agree, Fable 2 could have been bigger at least. But I've never complained unlike other people. Oh well, I can wait.

truthbetold101
truthbetold101

hahaim srry but the honset truth about this game is the fact that fable 2 could have been a whole lot better. honestly i love the 360 but,... the sad fact is that the game doesnt even seem like a next generation game. i mean can someone tell me what honestly is so great about the game, i really want to know lol.

YellowFlameDcr
YellowFlameDcr

I was looking forward to this... But at least it will be all good and fixed when it comes out.

Rynair9
Rynair9

ugh as much as I complain about spending $10 on the lousy DLC..... I know I'll end up buying it, so whats the point.....

sushimonkeyman7
sushimonkeyman7

This should have been in the game to start. Do developers purposefully ship a crap game so they can make more money later? Fable 2 is not worth the $60, let alone $70.

spike6958
spike6958

I see people complaining about 800Pts for this, i think that a whole new Island and 3 mainquests (there may also be other small quests for the area) isn't bad, not when MS expect you to pay the same for 3 maps for Gears2 when only one is good(FuelStation) one is ok(GoldRush) and one is horrible(Flood).