Fable II sells 2.6M, more DLC en route

Shooting down Fable III rumors, Microsoft confirms that a second download pack is on the way for Lionhead's fast-selling RPG.

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On Tuesday night, BBC radio and television personality Jonathan Ross inadvertently found himself under the ever-feared gamers microscope. Posting on Twitter from the 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts video game awards ceremony, Ross said that he had been "asked to do voice in Fable 3," sparking an Internet firestorm over the possibility that Lionhead Studios was already at work on a follow-up to the 2008 Xbox 360-exclusive Fable II. Ross later posted a retraction to his original statement, making a desperate plea for help in the process.

Today, Microsoft responded to the furor surrounding Ross' Twitter escapades. "We have no agreement in place with Ross to work on forthcoming projects," the Microsoft representative told GameSpot. "That said, it is true that we are not yet done with Fable II. We are working on additional content for Fable II. That's all we can say for now. We will have more to share soon!"

On its development blog, Lionhead also confirmed that it is working on additional downloadable content for Fable II. Following a short delay, the first Fable II DLC was released for 800 Microsoft points ($10) in January. As detailed in GameSpot's Reviews Blog, the add-on introduced the fabled Knothole Island--a once-tropical region now mysteriously encased in snow--extending the well-received role-playing game's storyline by several hours.

Lionhead also provided a brief sales update on Fable II, saying the game has now sold 2.6 million units. A month after its release, Microsoft announced that Fable II had officially become the "fastest-selling RPG on the Xbox 360," thanks to first-month sales of 1.5 million units.

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cheesytaco69
cheesytaco69

Knothole Island was great but I felt shortchanged by it. 10 bucks was a little steep for that much gameplay. I'm hoping this DLC will be longer and introduce new things.

smghottie
smghottie

I'm glad to be getting new content but I hope they continue to patch the original game. There are still plenty of quirks that need to be addressed. I also hope the next DLC pack won't just be shooting metal plates in the air, but introduction of a new boss and maybe one or two new enemies? Larger Region? Whatever it is I'm sure I'll buy it, I just felt a little ripped off with Knothole Island.

Sir_Demii
Sir_Demii

Good to hear that they're still busy on it. I would hate for the series to end.

SpunkyB0B
SpunkyB0B

Is it just me or is there a limit to how many quests there are... or am i just not looking hard enough for them?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I liked Fable2. I didn't fall in love with the game, but I did like it. I don't have many rpgs for my 360 because there aren't a lot of real good ones out right now. I have Mass Effect, Oblivion, Tales of Vesperia, Enchanted Arms(Yuck), and Fable 2. I'm thinking of adding Star Ocean, but I'm still on the fence with that one. I wish Microsoft would lessen the cost of the 120gb hd, with all this DLC and all. I've gotten down to a measely 3.8gb left. And thats with only games saves and profile info.

m30w_cP
m30w_cP

Is that all? I would have thought it would have sold more than under 3 M copies... i wonder how many copies they sold of the original fable. I was expecting around maybe 4.5 to 5 M copies by now. Nice to see theyre getting Fable 3 in line.

Cetrie
Cetrie

360 Largest Market Is shooter, just look at Modern Warfare Picking up the Bafta fpr best game. The RPG market is always open, as long as there is games there will be different kinds of gamers. Lionhead have to have a sit down and long and hard on Fable 3, because the storyline was a bit of a let down in fable 2. Dont get me wrong still a good game, but for me wasnt as good as the first one.

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

P.S. sorry Nosereratu2894 that was directed at ronnet

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

"Nosereratu2894" there haven't been many JRPGs released in N. America for one so camparing WRPGs to them is pointless. another point, 2.6 million sales after nearly five months is NO RECORD. fallout 3 sold 4.7 million in it's launching month. thirdly i think we all know that the 360s largest market is shooters man.

Nosferatu2894
Nosferatu2894

"eternity21, Short-lived you say? By the time Final Fantasy 13 is out Fable 2 will be a classic. Besides WRPG are on the rise and they are doing better USA then JRPG, and that happens to be the 360's largest market. If anything is going to top Fable 2's speed selling record then it's The Elder Scrolls 5 but I doubt that will be a 360/PS3 game so Fable 2 will keep it's record." -Ronnet Absolutely it will. Although with both ESV and the next Xbox having a projected 2010 release date, it will probably be on the 360, if not both.

Manic-Dan
Manic-Dan

i agree with ronnet, buy the time FF XIII is here, fable 2 will look dated and old. still, i might have to get the new DLC. any excuse to get some more gaming hours out of it!

ronnet
ronnet

I doubt I will get their next DLC, I strongly disliked the first and found it extreemly overpriced aswell. Fable 2 isn't a lot of gameplay hours for your money either, atleast not for a RPG. And then they dare to release a download with 3 repetitive quests for 1/6 of the full games' price? I honestly think the horse armor in Oblivion was a better deal.

ronnet
ronnet

eternity21, Short-lived you say? By the time Final Fantasy 13 is out Fable 2 will be a classic. Besides WRPG are on the rise and they are doing better USA then JRPG, and that happens to be the 360's largest market. If anything is going to top Fable 2's speed selling record then it's The Elder Scrolls 5 but I doubt that will be a 360/PS3 game so Fable 2 will keep it's record.

Dinkyfish
Dinkyfish

This one had better be worth more than the measly 100G that the last one added lol

drand24
drand24

keep making DLC worth owning and I'll keep buying it.

gun_jack1
gun_jack1

Fable is a great game!!! I think its even better then FF and star ocean!!! In fable I really feel like I living inside those cities, I prefer Fable2 over FF because its more realistic and fun!!!

eternity21
eternity21

"Microsoft announced that Fable II had officially become the "fastest-selling RPG on the Xbox 360"..this would be short-lived as I say. Wait until Final Fantasy XIII comes out on Xbox 360 and it will easily crush Fable's sales to dust!

phynixblack
phynixblack

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Toropore
Toropore

Dreski its mainly because people return it after they beat the games story line, which is probably only 1/2 of the game. Its a fun game, don't make that a turn off. The only reason you don't see as many COD's or GoW or Halo's is because they have live, which gives them a longer span of playability in the end, but its the same thing over. I still haven't bought this though, only rented. I really should get some money lol

Dreski83
Dreski83

I was just at the video game store and there is a LOT of used copied of Fable2 on the shelf... I'm not sure what that means, but the game is pretty good in my own personal opinion. Maybe a good rental for others, but unless you're a hardcore fan of being the chicken chaser... I'm not sure how long these DLC's can prolong Fable adventures. At least they are being offered, can't complain about that ;)

BlueZ06
BlueZ06

Agree w/ most of you. The DLC "could" last couple hours if you go find all the books and all the chests. Regardless the time I enjoyed Knothole. Hope the next will give some weapons and armor that aren't worthless. Loved the addition of 4 slots and the new gems. Hope it won't take forever like last time. Or at least they just won't announce a date until they're sure everything is tight for a release.

msudude211
msudude211

Hopefully this DLC lasts longer than the first...

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

cool. knothole island was ok. dsnt extend the game THAT much though. I guess if you found everything on the island it could take several hours but otherwise no lol. I hope the next extension is better. And if they do make Fable III, i hope to GOD that they get rid of the travelling system they have....where even if you chose to walk from place to place instead of transport, you get that stupid, long, annoying loading screen. As an action RPG, it should be a seemless open world. I could see why they did load screens for sections in Fable I, maybe b/c of technical limits, but in Fable II it couldve been easily done. I love Fable IIs story, fighting, etc, just as much as i did the first fable. But man those loading screens are killing me!

bulletwaster
bulletwaster

Knothole Island only took 20 minutes why does it say several hours in this story?

SonicTheMonkey
SonicTheMonkey

Good to hear. I was beginning to think that this was going the whole Mass effect route: one piece of DLC, then they're done.

shenron43
shenron43

Always looking forward for more DLC :0

10679
10679

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buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

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10679
10679

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buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

" 10679 Posted Mar 12, 2009 10:59 pm GMT @buffdaddy69 "a ****** and have to notify the mods of you're use with the "R" Word " why would you do that to him. don't forget he can also report you to the mods for using the I word. You are the type of people who make gamespot forums childish because you keep reporting mods for ridiculous reason like using, the S word, R word and the I word. Once you are engaged with someone in arguing be prepared for the other person for using these words. if you can't take it then don't argue. its as simple as that." Shut up and proceed to get off my bird. Thank you.

10679
10679

@buffdaddy69 "a ****** and have to notify the mods of you're use with the "R" Word " why would you do that to him. don't forget he can also report you to the mods for using the I word. You are the type of people who make gamespot forums childish because you keep reporting mods for ridiculous reason like using, the S word, R word and the I word. Once you are engaged in an arguement with someone be prepared for them using these words. if you can't take it then don't argue. its as simple as that. @Noah-Phoenix "If they bothered to make decent sized rpg's instead of lazy action rpg's" They actually have. RPGs like Last remnant and Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean 4 is better than western RPGs like Fallout 3 and definetly better than Oblivion.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Yay! More horse armour!! NOT.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

"Noah-Phoenix Posted Mar 12, 2009 8:36 pm GMT buffdaddy69, its my opinion, so in no way, shape or form do I sound 'idiotic'. Keep your opinions on others to yourself, and keep your comments on what the subject is, please" You're telling me to keep my opinions to myself, even though this website is used mainly for that. Opinions. How smart does that make you sound. "You're Not Allowed to say anything so keep you're opinions to you're self, even though im going to go off about how much of a cheap poor broke peice of crap who can't afford a 20 dollar point card to keep my games updated, But some how will attempt to look smart and awesome at the same time! ZIIIIIING!!!!!!"

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

" Mush_Mouth Posted Mar 12, 2009 8:43 pm GMT @Noah-Phoenix: ignore him, his name's "buffdaddy69" so he's a retard to begin with. I can't even begin to think of the thought processes used to come up with that genius name. I'm sure it involves eating a lot of paste and elmer's glue in elementary school, thoug" Looks like im gonna be a ****** and have to notify the mods of you're use with the "R" Word

rando22
rando22

@10679 I do agree with you a little bit. But most of the majority of the fan base have PS3's. And if FFXIII outsells Fable which it might, it will b bcuz of the PS3 fan base. But when it comes to those other rpg's how many units have they sold compared to Fable II or anyother action RPG? and no i dont play many true RPGs except for the FF in the past, I've been looking for some but non have sparked my interest. But I'm tryin to balance my 360 which the hard drive just fried on me(got the error 74 message and one ring of death) and my pc which i just bought ETW.

okassar
okassar

Wow,the sales are better than I thought and several of my friends have this game--but then again,Fallout 3 is GOTY--ARG,just decided I'm buying both if I can get them both for 60 dollars total--I guess ebay or a trade in or sale or something should do the trick.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I hope the DLC is under 800 MP

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

lol yeah gnieves Fallout is sucking me dry too!

gnieves
gnieves

I still need to play this one, but fallout 3 does not let go of my life, damn it!!!

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

If they bothered to make decent sized rpg's instead of lazy action rpg's, then Square Enix would do better over here in the west like they'd like to.

10679
10679

@rando22, I think FFXIII will sell faster than Fable 2 because there are bigger FF fan base than they are Fable 2 fan base. "True rpgs...I think they need to move onto the pc for good" NAH Pc should stick with their RTS game lol.

10679
10679

@rando22 "I mean look at how many true RPG's are out for the 360, not many." There are plent of rpgs on the 360 that as pure as FF series. I guess you don't play many true rpgs apart from FF because if you have than you would know other true RPGs like Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Star Ocean 4, Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, Encharted arms which ain't bad game, eternal sonata, Tales of vesperia. These some of the true rpgs that i can remember and these games are as good if not better than some of the FF games. Even in the ps1 days Rpgs like xenogears was better than any of the FF games on the ps1.

rygar9
rygar9

i really dont see why anybody even liked fable 2 its just fable 1 with different quests but all the so called next generation rpgs are watered down they should be called lmrpg the lazy man role playing games everything done for you follow the yellow line fable 2 fast travel ,follow the dot on your compass wtf people dont want to go explore and find things they want to know what to do step by step and do it as fast as they can its actually funny thats why rpgs ended when the next generation came all these specs my ps3 is bigger than your 360 and neither one can make a game that makes you do everthing by yourself everythings handed to you

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

rando22, Never thought of it like that...thank you! And yes, FFVII was awesome, but i'm still replaying FFVIII on the pc NOW! True rpgs...I think they need to move onto the pc for good, its the only we are going to see the length and depth we all want from an rpg. I think FFXIII will outsell Fable 2, but no-where near as quickly.

rando22
rando22

@MrQuest Really think that FFXIII will out do it? IDK, i always thought that FF games were more oreintated towards Eastern gamers. Don't get me wrong, I love them especially FFVIII, yes FFVIII, and FFX. But IMO the 360 is more of an action orientated "machine". I mean look at how many true RPG's are out for the 360, not many. And the FF series is about as true RPG that you can get. Plus the reason I think that Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls, and Fable have done so good is the reason being that they're Action RPGs. Then again I might be wrong, only time will tell. Just thought I'd give my 2 cents, lol

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

Ebay is my second home! I never pay any more than £20 for a game, even new releases. I only ever pay full price for either a Final Fantasy game or GTA game, as i'm guaranteed value for money. I have bookmarks to every major online game seller, and check regularly. I never trade in games, its a waste of time! I just got Dead Space for £17.95, Fallout 3 for £20, I got Fable 2 for £17.95 a week after release, and GTA4 for £22 on the day of release. I'm better than women for bargain hunting!

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

i want a fable 3 not a dlc of fable 2

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

@Noah-Phoenix: lol alright, no more nasty remarks. Seriously though - you, my friend, need to start checking game prices out online if you're having trouble paying for with new games. I wait a few months after the new games come out before I buy them because if I check either amazon or half.com, the prices have already dropped by $10-$20. I know the trade-ins drop the price of the game you want, but the problem you're running into is why I stopped trading in games a long time ago, especially now with all the DLC that tends to come out a few months after the games are released. Anyways, just thought I'd mention it.

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

I agree that the price of DLC is very good, it's just when you add it to the price of the original game, it adds up. If the original was huge, like Fallout 3, then hey-ho, but if it was disappointingly short like Fable 2, then it feels like a rip off, and it should have been included in the first place.

rando22
rando22

i thought $10 was kinda cheap, i mean compare that to some of the rentals out there......blockbuster, $8 for just 5 days?!