Fable II preorder nets free XBLA Pub Games

Microsoft details incentive promotion, limited-edition package for Lionhead Studios' Xbox 360 role-playing game.

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Microsoft today announced a pair of promotions to support the launch of Lionhead Studios' Fable II, one designed to save gamers money, the other to sap it away.

Fable II collector's edition box art.

First off, those who preorder a copy of Lionhead Studios' Xbox 360 role-playing game at participating retailers will gain free access to the Xbox Live Arcade release of Fable II Pub Games upon its release in August. The casino-style minigame compilation includes three games--Keystone, Spinnerbox, and Fortune's Tower--as well as a tutorial to familiarize players with the rules. Whatever winnings are earned in the Pub Games will be transferable to the full version of Fable II, giving players a head start on the game's rags-to-riches storyline.

Gamers who have no interest in Fable II but want to try their hands at its casino-style minigames will be able to purchase Pub Games for 800 Microsoft points ($10). The contents of Pub Games had originally been announced as separate XBLA titles, but will instead be made into a single download.

Microsoft also detailed a Fable II collector's edition that will sell for $79.99. The extra $20 above and beyond the standard edition price will net particularly enthusiastic gamers a bonus disc with making-of content, a figure of the game's Hobbe creatures, a trial Xbox Live Gold membership, and unspecified "additional in-game content."

Released in 2004, the original Xbox RPG Fable put players in the shoes of a newly orphaned boy and allowed them to grow him into a force of good or evil. Fable II seeks to increase players' ability to shape their characters, offering a wider variety of additional options regarding gender, marriage, children, property ownership, and more.

For more on Fable II, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

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JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

all i read was additional in game content did u all hear that? additional in game content just in case 1 more time additional in game content

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

"Oh look, a limited edition game with a making of disc, with videos on it that you surely could not have downloaded over Live. Oh wait, you can? What you mean I've just been ripped off?" I'm sure you're gonna find some way to download the figurine and art book too.

Smoolander
Smoolander

Oh look, a limited edition game with a making of disc, with videos on it that you surely could not have downloaded over Live. Oh wait, you can? What you mean I've just been ripped off?

Gibbon_26
Gibbon_26

if you go to the lionhead site and look at the orders you can see the free arcade games only count in the US

AirBauer
AirBauer

wat i want to know is how are we going to get these free pub games? i pre ordered the game but it never said anything about getting those pub games free or even getting them! if some body knows please tell me :)

siagonreij
siagonreij

Just to correct what i said previously about the codes, found out that if you pre-ordered through Gamestop in-store , we are suppose to get token cards in mid-august that will provide the code to download the pub games for free.

JackBauer1005
JackBauer1005

is the preorder deal when you get the games early running in the UK?

gaichu
gaichu

Preordered my collecters just now

whazup1193
whazup1193

According to gamestop, Fable 2 comes out on october 1st

whazup1193
whazup1193

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Neosword
Neosword

Preordering my collectors later today. My most anticipated game for this fall.

lordmt
lordmt

Man Can't wait. Pre-orded my collectors edition yesterday.

jr_gomer_pyle
jr_gomer_pyle

Fable 2 is going to be a kick ass ass i am going to buy it when it comes out the game play looks good

exo911
exo911

Is Amazon offering this?

beast70
beast70

i mean the demo when he was playing the pub games

beast70
beast70

he said in the demo that fable 2 will be comeing out a few weeks after the pub games comes out so i think that fable 2 will come out sooner we think

ThePredominant
ThePredominant

The Pub games are coming out in August (for the people who are confused). The actual game is coming out either in October or November. I am glad I preordered the LE a couple of months ago, I only have to pay $70, and I still get all the stuff! Yay =)

siagonreij
siagonreij

I work for Gamestop also and haven't heard as to how it suppose to work. However, according to the website it says you will receive the code by email if you pre-order online or in-store. Just make sure you submit one at time of pre-order I guess.

charolo
charolo

So if u pre-order the game right now you'll could download the pud games for free when they come out or is it to late??? comment back plz

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Ugh, an extra $20 for the special edition? I've purchased several special edition game packages over the years, and generally they aren't even worth the extra $10. I'm hoping this one is, exclusive in game content usually hooks me...

blue_mage_rs
blue_mage_rs

@ SylvanC94 I'm a sales associate at a Gamestop and checked in yesterday with my boss for word on whether or not we received codes yet, and the stores as of 7/8/08 hadn't gotten word on how its going to work. Which I'll contest is monsterously frustrating because I've got a pre-order and i'm not missing out on $10 worth of content for free. Best advice is to just keep checking, and may the gods be with us lol.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Looks and sounds cool put I'm going to pass

SylvanC94
SylvanC94

My local Gamestop hasn't heard of this free XBLA pub games promotion yet. I'll check back in the morning when I go to pick up my copy of Civilization. If they have their act together by today, then I'll pre-order Fable 2 and get a code, hopefully. Is that how it works, they give you some kind of code that you enter online?

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

you dont pay to download new things unless its from a company sellng something, you dont need the those things. fool. theres a reason xbl is good and thats cuz you pay for it. people that want it free dont quite know what they are asking for

kruddman
kruddman

Everything about XBox live feels like a rip off to me. What exactly am I paying a subscription fee for if I always have to pay to download anything new?

fatjoe400
fatjoe400

Not sure about the pub games, but I'll definitely get the collectors edition for the additional in-game content :)

Moronk
Moronk

I have already reserved the collectors edition at GameStop the other day. and i cant wait until august to get the Pub Games arcade download. Peter Molyneux uses a great marketing system. The hype of this title is larger than anything I have seen before!

CwlHeddwyn
CwlHeddwyn

"additional in-game content." - sounds more interesting than pub games, wonder what the content is tho?

megax456
megax456

Just preoredered mine today. free XBLA Pub Games Here I Come.

polsci1503
polsci1503

hmmm.... I wouldn't have paid for the XBLA games seperately, but getting them free for pre-ordering the game is a pretty good perk (beats a soundtrack cd, collectible card or broken figurine). I'll have to think about this one, have to admit it's enticing.

Phil202mcr
Phil202mcr

i am thinking about getting fable 2 and i couldn't care about these free xbla games. I think i will wait for the reviews before i decide to buy it or not.

EnoVation
EnoVation

does anyone know which (if any) UK retailers will be supporting this promotion?

cheatcommando
cheatcommando

K... so I already pre-ordered it so now I have to drive to gamestop... (not that that's a bad thing) and ask if I still get my pub games... Pain in the neck but if it saves me 800 microsoft points I'll do it I guess

Xomonuchi
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combatsoldier
combatsoldier

very very nice. this is truly exciting news for a great title.

Phant0m13
Phant0m13

I already preorder the collectors edition a couple months ago! Will I get the free XBLA games? My freind works at Gamestop, the only way I get the preorder crap is when he gives it to me. I preordered BFBC and I didn't get the preorder sniper rifle, luckily my friend got me the code later. Well with the excitement I have for this game I'll make sure I get them for free.

Kraige
Kraige

Can't wait, I only hope all of this is out in the UK aswell.

thekatcan
thekatcan

I just keep telling myself that patience is a virtue over and over.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Tempting to lay down the $5 deposit on Fable II just for the Arcade game. Then I can wait to buy Fable II and save that $5 in-store credit for something else or buying the game later on. Might be worth it to get the game for free.

Fable_fan88
Fable_fan88

i am going to pre-order... then freeze myself... someone defrost me when its here! i don't have to hope this is good... i know it is!

kiaba13
kiaba13

Now if only they could bump the release date to tomorrow. I can't wait for this thing, glad to know that I'm gettin the arcade games for free with my preorder now.

mrkame16
mrkame16

ive never played fable before but i heard it was good, im sold! where do i reserve???

War_Martyr
War_Martyr

Huh...I reserved the CE for a metal case...well, good to know I'm getting my money's worth.