Fable II set for telling October 21

Microsoft finally confirms launch date for Lionhead Studios' latest long-awaited action RPG.

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The player-determined character progression in the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive Fable II may still be fluid, but its release date is not. Microsoft today nailed down an October 21 North American launch date for Lionhead's anticipated action role-playing game. The UK release will follow on October 24.

The basic concept of Fable II should be familiar to those who played its 2004 predecessor on the original Xbox. Gamers will role-play as a young hero in a fantasy world and make choices to turn that character into a heroic champion, loathsome villain, or something in between. However, Lionhead has added in a number of new wrinkles, including a faithful canine companion, the ability to play as either gender, and an array of ancillary concerns not involving swords and sorcery (marriage, children, real estate, and so on).

The release of Fable II will be preceded this month by the Xbox Live Arcade tie-in Fable II Pub Games. A collection of three casino-style minigames, Pub Games will let players build up a bank account that they will be able to tap into when the full version of Fable II launches.

As with many big-name releases, Fable II will be available in standard and collector's-edition packages at launch. The collector's edition 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, an in-game dungeon and cutlass, a trial Xbox Live Gold membership, and five printed "fate cards." Participating retailers will also be offering free entry to Pub Games as a preorder incentive when the XBLA game is released.

For more on Lionhead's latest, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

243 comments
avarice789
avarice789

i am so freaking phyched about fable 2 i have already preordered f2:le and played the pub games... now we play the waiting game.

LCPxIxCYRUS
LCPxIxCYRUS

sorry buddy you're wrong the release date is October 21, i reserved my copy at gamestop and that's the release date set. Guntermench43 Posted Aug 29, 2008 1:54 am GMT This release date is wrong. On the BestBuy.ca website the release date is September 30th, 2008.

Guntermench43
Guntermench43

This release date is wrong. On the BestBuy.ca website the release date is September 30th, 2008.

b33zy
b33zy

Can't wait to get my Collectors Edition :]

Guntermench43
Guntermench43

Also, all of you idiots that are using the argument that Fable: The Lost Chapters came out for PC even though Fable was supposed to be exclusive are using a useless argument. No-one ever said that Fable: The Lost Chapters was going to be exclusive to XBOX, and Fable was never released for PC. Ha. Eat that.

Guntermench43
Guntermench43

ok seriously, the game is done. its made. finito. WHY CANT I BUY BEFORE SCHOOL?

shaun_mcwayne
shaun_mcwayne

i loved fable, i hope fable 2 is more or less the same but bigger better faster lol.

Whyteboy776
Whyteboy776

FABLE as such a good game when it came out in 2004. I was unaware of anything but the cover art looked real good. turned out to be my favorite game i have ever played. ive beaten it countless times done everything you could do(open demon doors,find albions treasure etc.)I just hope FABLE 2 will be what it should be,but the spell system just seems to "trashed" i mean come on timed spell selection? just ruined it. Magic ruined.

Kman_13ayn_12
Kman_13ayn_12

i really dont care when it comes out, i dont care if it takes another year, as long as they work out all the kinks at lionhead and make this game the best rpg EVER

MonkeyWrench127
MonkeyWrench127

If it lives up to it's hype and promises, then this game will be awesome!!!!!!

Ton77
Ton77

PC is Games For Windows Which is still Microsoft... Its Still An Exclusive..

Treflis
Treflis

A lot of times you read or hear that a game will be exclusive for a console only for it to come out for PC later on. Fable one was said to be X-box exclusive yet Fable : The Lost Chapters came out for PC. I'm pretty sure PC will get it, probably without the instant live multiplayer thing but they'll probably put something in to compensate for it.

avarice789
avarice789

this fall is gonna be one helluva season for gamers with gears 2 coming out, fable 2 coming out, then age of conan in the winter. this is going to be awesome. "Year of the gamer" I beat fable tlc so many times i have memorised the cutscenes. and speaking of gears 2, i never even played th e first one but it looks sweet.

normsta
normsta

@ravenheart33 I'm sure of it. M$ wants everyones money includeing the PC market theres no such thing as an exclusive when it comes to the 360. well execpt for halo 3... but the PC gamers aren't missing anything, why would you want halo3 when you have games like crysis and a better version of bioshock. On another note this game could have looked alot better instead of staying in last gen poly counts, but what are you gonna do. the first one was great, i'm definitely going to be picking up this one for sure but i won't be buying it. :P

ravenheart33
ravenheart33

Will Fable 2 be out for PC as well? I sure hope so , I played The Lost Chapters for months on my PC ,and I still play it, since I don't have an xbox, I have a PS3, i'm not going to buy an xbox for one game I hope they know many of us are hoping for a PC version.

shamarke
shamarke

LOL fable is made only for Xbox so f*ck off!!

Ton77
Ton77

Fable is Exclusive Published By MGS , AND Unlike Sony, MS Buys Their Exclusives. So it wont be happening.

Illscrewyoubig
Illscrewyoubig

LOL!!! ROFL!!! If Microsoft gave away rights to the fable series, they'd deserve to be shot. There is no idiot on the world who would sell the rights to the game.

SeK133
SeK133

Dude there is no way that it is going to PS3 Microsoft has the rights to the game and there is no way they would give up an exclusive like this.

vision2020
vision2020

fable 2 will be released on PS3 im telling you I'm reading about it right now, its gonna be a port of the 360 version.

Bufta
Bufta

The original fable was one of the few games on the original xbox i enjoyed, so ill be pickin this up no worries!

itneverends00
itneverends00

Yeah that's the one thing I hate about 360 games going to PC...it takes about a year later for that to even happen. I got rid of my 360 a few months ago (due to a couple RRofD appearances...one even caused a power surge and everything on the same surge protector turned off as well. I know it was the 360 since other things in the room, not connected to the system, were still running perfectly fine) and I guess it looks like I'll be having to get another one for this and Gears because I refuse to wait till 09 to play them.

Vasot
Vasot

Τhis game will come out for the PC too. But in 2009 and not this year...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

thk123, Knock on the door and ask for an advance copy : )

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

daniel_beck_90, Fallout 2, Operation Flashpoint 2, BIA-Hells Highway, Farcry 2, FN R4, Fifa 09, point being theres tons of good stuff coming and i cant afford em all : (

daniel_beck_90
daniel_beck_90

Gears of WAR 2 and Fable 2 . what else do you want ?

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

i've got my callender marked. im so ready for this game! :D

swmeek
swmeek

I can always hope it will come out for PC. If it doesn't then oh well! I'm sure there will be other games to take my mind off of a game I don't own the console to play it on. Didn't it take like a year or so after Fable released for the X-BOX that it came out on PC? Heck I'm still hoping Duke Nukem Forever will actually release one day! LMAO

thk123
thk123

Damn it, I am about 1km away from their studio and I have to wait an extra 3 days compared to people who are thousands of miles away :P Ah well, at least we have finally got a release date for it. This is my most anticipated title this year (Yes, beating GoW, Fallout and Brawl) Fable LC was one of my favourite games, and what I have seen is this will be improving on everything, specifically the non main line stuff, like wives and children. Finally, my own second life.

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

lol so much hate, Little Big Planet comes on Oct 21st and I have no doubt is going to be phenomenal, and so is Fable II two great games indeed.

End-of-Heart
End-of-Heart

i may just have to buy a top of the range gamin' PC to partake in this game for it's eventual P.C release, The original Fable was really somethin' else, Lol vote on how many people enjoyed being evil rather then being good.

tkoguitarist
tkoguitarist

to the person that said that fable 2 is coming for ps3.....MICROSOFT KINDA OWNS THE COMPANY. so sorry to hurt your feelings, and sorry you'll miss out on a badass game.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

yeah.. maybe timed exclusive you mean. It'll come to the PC much like almost all of the 'most wanted' 360 titles. I just hope it's not so long of a wait this time around.

kennykaos317
kennykaos317

I enjoyed the first, even though it fell far short of Peter's many promises. This one's looking even better, with added incentive for playing once the story is complete. It can't get here soon enough! I'm just sorry it will have to compete for my time with Fallout.

KlausRottingham
KlausRottingham

OCTOBER 24th!? Damn. Still, at least I've pre-ordered my Collectors Edition. I really hope GAME or Gamestation do the Pub Games thing in England. I don't want to miss out on anything with this game.

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

@ vision2020 Ahahaha LOL you can dream fanboy. Fable 2 will be EXCLUSIVE for the XBOX 360.

vision2020
vision2020

PS3 version is already in the works and confirmed according to the playstation magazine eat that 360 fanboys

The_Witch_King
The_Witch_King

We have to wait until October 21st for Fable, bad times. We now have a date to look forward to, good times.

DeadlyOnez
DeadlyOnez

the only thing i disliked from fable was the hair lose when you convert to the evil side..... hope they took that out

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

This game is just going to be EPIC

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Even though i dont own a gaming PC, i think its fairly innevitable that Fable 2 will eventiually come to PC, as ultimately both 360 & PC use a MS backbone / OS envioroment.

Gulf_Whisky
Gulf_Whisky

Hopefully it runs better on the X360 than Fable:TLC. My box keeps crashing, but only with my copy of TLC. It's making it very tough to get my fix til F2 releases. Good times INDEED Paynee.

danthegamer32
danthegamer32

@Pilch_R_eD, even so, the two games aren't that much like each other game wise, guns and auto-aim-ish thing in Fallout and hacking on Oblivion, and you die if you stay outside too long in FO...

Paynee
Paynee

I'm taking the day off of work to get this game day one. The co-op really has me jazzed, good times coming people, good times.

ihabn0legs
ihabn0legs

microsoft is not gonna pass up on this on a pc. fable 1 was release for the pc. why not 2.