Fable III 'Villager Maker' creation tool launches

Lionhead and Microsoft released a character creation tool for the upcoming RPG today; those who preorder can import unique person to full game.

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Persuading gamers to preorder titles by offering collectible items, early access, or day-one advantages is not a new idea. Last week, Electronic Arts announced it will pack an exclusive beta code for Battlefield 3 into the limited edition of the upcoming Medal of Honor reboot, and Halo: Reach's $150 Legendary Edition includes blazing cranium gear, a statue, and more.

Today, Lionhead Studios launched the Villager Maker, a Web-based tool aimed at encouraging gamers to preorder Fable III by allowing them to create a character and have him or her imported into the full game.

Someone created a grumpy king.

The Villager Maker tool launched today on Xbox.com in the United States and United Kingdom. The Web-based Silverlight application lets excited Fable gamers create a character and design not only his or her physical attributes, but also the person's backstory and decision-making thought process.

The tool is free and available to anyone, but those who wish to have their character imported into Fable III need to preorder the game. For those who reserve it, the created character will appear in the title as a quest-giving character who will deliver a task as well as 1,000 gold (Fable III's in-game currency). Those looking only to tinker around with the software can share their creations on social media hubs Twitter and Facebook and can also download an image of their character for use as a desktop background.

Fable III is the third chapter in the Fable franchise. Developed by Lionhead Studios, the game is due out on the Xbox 360 October 26. Unlike its predecessors, it will cast players as the king or queen of Albion, tasking them with commanding their realm, keeping peace, waging war, and enjoying the game's 47 hours of dialogue.

For more on Fable III, check out GameSpot's most recent preview.

Discussion

77 comments
brian376
brian376

preordered it cant wait to get it just pray the cards are inside this one this time but anyway gonna be awesome game and i heard natal is coming out that day as well so yay

lrac42
lrac42

=P i cant beleive im preordering for this...but i guess it is better to preorder anyway if you want the LCE

iranicus1
iranicus1

I wonder if within one of the upcoming fables, your character will actually speak more as in say something when an NPC speaks to you i.e. when the girl here asked if they were going home, but then we're probs getting into mass effect style but without the choices :o

pascalidema
pascalidema

Is this available in the netherlands when i pre-order?

pizzajon
pizzajon

@ Cloud_Kai I'm not whining about pre-ordering games. I pre-order games because I know I'm gonna like it and I wanna make sure I get a copy instead of experiencing the hit and miss situations like Red Dead Redemption had. I am, however, complaining about the way you only get certain bonuses for a game if you pre-order. The developers etc get there money by selling to retailers so they don't see any return from pre-orders different to normal purchases. On that note I concede that the developers aren't usually to responsibly for this sort of thing and retract blaming them. For Fable 2 if you went online and went through a little storyline trailer min-game you could unlock the gold chest and get a special reward, but anyone could do it! That seems pretty similar to this villager creator except you dont have to buy the game first. Oh and I never called the village creator a demo. Surely the wider audience you reach the more potential buyers your prduct has. That's why you don't pay to see adverts, who would?! What better way to advertise a game to the target market than provide a free playable sample of it?

Falcon084
Falcon084

12 months from now they will bring out a special edition with every thing that they say is not going to be available. It happened with Fable 2 and I'll end up buying the both of them with Fable 3.

Thor101792
Thor101792

wow i didn't know that some people can really that stupid how do u not understand what it means to pre-order something its self explanatory and i know a bunch of people have been saying the same thing i have just said but its crazy how some people just don't know

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Hopefully Fable 3 won't suffer from insane motion blur...

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

I hate it when they break off features that should be standard and offer them as bonuses to people who buy the game new.

karloss01
karloss01

doesn't include GAME so i'm not bothering.

Nayhem1
Nayhem1

Exactly how freakin stupid are you whiney losers complaining about paying "extra" to pre-order a game. Have you never been to a video game store in your entire useless life? Do you even own a console? Listen carefully you geniuses, It. Doesn't. Cost. Extra. To. Pre-order.Not even one penny. Now go complain about how much air costs or something. Even better maybe go find a job.

CommonFable
CommonFable

@ViolentDjango Ikr. This is only the second game I've ever pre-ordered, and I found pre-ordering a lot easier than waiting till its released and running to my gamestop to see if they have a copy left.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Skullcandy There is nothing really rehased about this. I mean, they give you a tool for free to create a NPC to be transferd over to the game to give you quest, along with creating an actual back story for this NPC, You really can't drop 5 dollars down to preorder a game? I bet you would have no problems preordering the newest CoD or other over hyped FPS peice of crap. New Gameplay mechanics, mixed up with some old gameplay that made Fable II enjoyable. And what does age even have to do with anything?

X-RS
X-RS

just have your goal to make a really cool villager and im sure it will end up in the game.

HiroArka
HiroArka

I pre-ordered Fable 3 Limited Edition as soon as it was listed on Gamestop. I called them yesterday about this and they won't get those Pre-order codes in till tomorrow. I laughed at the answers to some of the questions .. especially the one about catching some one with the Town Crier.

cloud_kai
cloud_kai

@thatguy2001, you can still get this if you have a redeem code you know

cloud_kai
cloud_kai

@pizzajon, by looking at your avatar I, well everybody, can tell you're a halo fan right? then why are you whining about pre-orders when last I saw the Halo collectors edition is worth about 2 or 3 games put together, and game demos? since when is a this Villager Maker some kind of demo? the reason for pre-orders and such things are meant solely and exactly to make players want to buy the game, don't you think that if they weren't making money on the game they would just simply stop making it?

cloud_kai
cloud_kai

at first I was very ... skeptic about it but after I tried it, I was very drawn to it, at least this idea doesn't suck as a pre-order bonus

ViolentDjango
ViolentDjango

I find it amazing that people think they are spending extra money by pre-ordering the game... You don't lose $5 dollars, you put pre-pay 5 dollars of the cost of the game. You pay the exact same amount as everyone else who buys the game new after the fact. Why do people have such a hard time understand the concept of a down payment? It's just like putting in for a house or car. Major difference? No interest -- you don't lose any money.

Krullboll
Krullboll

I get the sound, no picture.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

I must say, that's an interesting pitch!

Flex1
Flex1

Stop complaining and pre order. whatever money you preorder wiht gets discounted from the full price and you get a sure cpy of the game.

Jimbobthon
Jimbobthon

I pre-ordered before this, will this work in the UK (being able to use the pre-order code etc)

pizzajon
pizzajon

Is it just me, or are game developers and producers getting desperate to rinse the money out of us? Why can't they just give you this stuff if you buy the game, an incentive to buy rather than just pre-order. With reference to the Battlefield 3 Beta and other things like that...Why don't they just release a demo and give pre-orderers an in-demo and/or in-game advantage? Honestly there isn't much difference between the 2 from a consumer perspective unless you're a hardcore gamer who will contact developers over bugs a beta is just an exclusive demo. Combine the two, get in those from the community who will help you make the game and help those on the fence decide whether to buy or not (but don't forget to explain it's a public beta blah blah etc.) Keep it simple. Good games sell. Bad games get sent back. If they concentrate more on the game than the marketing then it will be better for them in the long run as they will build a fan base for sequels...LOADS'A MONEY!!!

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

So I spend the same amount of money to get the same game, but because I didn't order it early I get an incomplete experience. Oh well, this has just now become a rental rather than a buy. I refuse to buy into this bulls**t. It's not about the $5 or whatever the deposit is when pre-ordering, it's just not right. If i'm gonna pay the same amount of cash as everyone else, then is it wrong for me to expect to get the same game?

Talk2Luke
Talk2Luke

This is absolutely amazing. I'm not going to pre-order the game because I'd be paying extra for something I don't need yet but it will be great.

mardinn
mardinn

So again. The PC is left out ;(

mightEone
mightEone

I know how this will work. I hope none of you are getting overly excited about this bonus. I have not tried the creation software myself but I can tell you this. Anytime a game lets you have multiple options for an NPC, you can be sure their part in the game will be small. I suspect that you will see your character pop up needing help and offering a quest. Once the quest is complete you will never see that character again.

DeadMonk28
DeadMonk28

Sounds like a marketing stunt, and a good one at that.

TheLastCamba
TheLastCamba

Fable TLC, my favorite all-time PC game. Missed out on Fable II as it was 360 exclusive and I'm so excited for this noone can imagine!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@CommonFable Darn straight. I like me some pre-order bonuses, and I don't appreciate little kids crying about having to put 5 dollars on it early...

CommonFable
CommonFable

If you don't want the pre-order incentives then just frickin dont pre-order it!!!!!!!! God dang quit being whiny children.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

"Well, I'm not pre-ordering it. These stupid pre-order incentives are all so lame, it's just locked content on the disc, might as well make it available to everyone." I'm in agreement. All on-disc content should be mandatory to make available to all, perhaps after the game has been out a year or so. I'd rather wait and get it then spend money for content I already have in my physical possestion, albeit encrypted with stupid unlock tokens. When's the last time you bought a movie that left out chapters on the DVD unless you paid $5-10?

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

At least this preorder bonus is relatively worthless. It doesn't provide any motivation for to preorder. Frankly, I'd rather have the in-game stuff they're offering with the overpriced limited edition. That extra quest and accessible area.

clqtte
clqtte

Can we put our faces into the game????

Ardus
Ardus

Those fellas at Lionhead are definitely crazy. But that's why I love them.

Brendan352
Brendan352

Sounds cool, will deff check this out

mellow09
mellow09

I tried creating someone. None of the appearance changes were working, but I did manage to make the head disappear?!? It's gonna be interesting to see in game. Hope this isn't indicative of how buggy the final game will be, given this is just an internet app.

InExcelsis
InExcelsis

Thats a pretty cool idea much better than an art book I will never look at.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

Man, I'm excited about Fable 3. Will definitely get this one. Wonder if Steam has it yet...

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

@NeonNinja i also hate the whole 'you can only get certain crap by pre ordering' its like ordering a whole pie, but they make you pay for slices of the sodding pie AFTER already paying for it.

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

Wow, stupid. Man, if this isn't a sign of Molynuex losing a grip on what gamers want, I don't know what is. Create a quest giver? Really? That's what players are clamouring for? Give me a break. This is a cheap gimmick that will be forgotten about probably before the game even ships. Rubbish.

IndianaPwns39
IndianaPwns39

Bioware already did this for Dragon Age. You were allowed to import that character without preordering though.