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.