Fable: The Balverine Order hitting October 5 - Retail Radar

Novel continues Albion adventure courtesy of prolific scribe Peter David; $10 book comes with code to download in-game weapon.

Last week, Microsoft announced a Fable III-inspired limited edition kingly Xbox 360 controller that packs in an exclusive in-game item. The $60 controller hits October 5, but that's not the only Fable-themed item shipping on that day.
Fable fans can flip pages before becoming rulers of Albion.

According to a listing on Amazon, prolific writer Peter David (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Batman) will pen an Albion narrative extension dubbed Fable: The Balverine Order. The online megaretailer lists the novel as hitting shelves on October 5, which is well ahead of the game's October 26 date with retail. (A PC version of the action role-playing game is also planned but has been bumped to an indeterminate future date).

According to the item's product description, the novel will center upon two friends--the privileged Thomas and his faithful servant, John--and their quest east to seek out the elusive legendary Balverine beasts.

Additionally, the book's cover art (pictured) reveals that those who pick up the title will also earn a unique in-game weapon. Unfortunately, the description did not provide further details on the pack-in. As of press time, Microsoft has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment or clarification on the matter.

For more on the upcoming role-playing game, check out GameSpot's recent preview.

Written By

Want the latest news about Fable III?

Fable III

Fable III

Discussion

47 comments
LukeWhite
LukeWhite

@TheColdBlooded still it would be cool

brian376
brian376

meh a book might be fun to read since in the 2nd one you were constantly getting them and never really reading the details and for an item its probably gonna be a tattoo or a Balverine costume then again that was in fable 2 so maybe a potion to turn your pet into a Balverine one can only dream

pascalidema
pascalidema

Someone know's if the book and controller's gonna be available in the netherlands?

ArielAguayo
ArielAguayo

They don't seriously think we can afford this stuff, do they? *annoyed* I'd like the book, though. The controller is 60 so probably not...

TheColdBlooded
TheColdBlooded

@LukeWhite i don't think cats can find treasures and dig spots ..

dewsbd01
dewsbd01

fable 3 looks 4 times as good as its predecessor

LukeWhite
LukeWhite

in fable 3 if your a girl you should get a cat, and if your a guy you should get a dog.

vX-SKiiLLz-Xv
vX-SKiiLLz-Xv

@onuross88 Microsoft making a profit..... They wouldn't like that now would they.

RedRobber98
RedRobber98

lol @onuross88. Like that will happen

HiddenOakTree
HiddenOakTree

WTF!? The chicken goes down after that Fin Gay

noirsake
noirsake

That controller is absolutely disgusting....

onuross88
onuross88

Microsoft release it on ps3 so you can make more profit!

Cthulad
Cthulad

To get that extra controller or not. Man if only they were a little less expensive. 60$ for a controller is still steep, and then I have to add additional on top for being in Canada. Ugh might just pass this one up.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Funny Controller lol. It looks like a 3 year old threw up chocolate on it.

Dan21278
Dan21278

I think Fable 3 will be good. The book looks cool too. You may dislike Molyneux but he has some really great ideas. And when the future of gaming comes who knows what he'll be able to achieve.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

I'll have to get some one to read the book to me in a country bumkin english voice so I can get the full fable experience.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I can't understand why so many seem to hate on the Fable games.... sure, Molyneux always exaggerates and surmises what he thinks is going to be possible in his games, and he's usually quite far off his vision, but overall the games are great fun to play with hours of gameplay within them. Plus the relationship with the dog in Fable 2 was very special indeed.... I for one can't wait for Fable 3.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Bring it on sooner fable 3 is done sooner Peter can get back to making black and White 3

dentui
dentui

Sweet. I love Fable's story so the in-game item will be just a bonus!

sethbouldin
sethbouldin

Wish the book was leather bound with cool designs, like something you'd see in-game.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

dingdongding
dingdongding

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

green_dominator
green_dominator

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

cosita46
cosita46

I played Fable, Lost Chapters and Fable 2 and I am looking forward to Fable 3. But poor little chicken :(.

ColJendon
ColJendon

Hmm... could be interesting. At only $10, I might just get it.

BK-Sleeper
BK-Sleeper

For everyone bashing green_dominator, let me rephrase what he said. This goes namely to KnightsBlazing and dingdongding. If you don't like it, don't play it. SIMPLE AS THAT. Get over it. Maybe you do understand it, maybe you don't. Every game has it's flaws. Get. Over. It. Peter Molyneux obviously exaggerates things and makes mistakes with the series, but if you were the face of a product, you'd try to nail down as many sells as you could. Now ON TOPIC; I'm not really excited for Fable 3, and I didn't really care about Fable 2. But the book is a little enticing, mostly because I like to read more than game. I'll be sure to take a look at it when I can.

therascricket
therascricket

@dingdongding Its easily argues that younger gamers give Peter Molyneux a harder time than more experienced gamers since the more experienced ones dont reallly go around repeating what other "kids on the playground" are saying. More matures gamers understand how he messed up with the first Fable, in some peoples eyes, but have long since stopped repeating the same misinformation about PM just so they sound like gamers who know what theyre talking about.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

dingdongding
dingdongding

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Molyneux's games generally fall short of his intentions, but I still have fun playing them. I'll get Fable 3 once it's out.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

I like Fable, and I liked Fable 2 despite the terrible Final Boss, but I am picking this up mainly by author, since Peter David is one of my favorite Comic book writers(track down his Incredible Hulk run amazing stuff imo) but aside from that I have faith Fable 3 is going to be a great title. Man October is going to be expensive but well worth it!

DarkCyborg343
DarkCyborg343

Im intrested in the game so if i like ill probably check out the book.

PrettySlick
PrettySlick

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

SR71halo
SR71halo

Can't wait for Fable 3, I'll have to check out this book too.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

@dRuGGeRnaUt the choice thing needs to improve but I still love the series... it has a lot of room for improvement though

green_dominator
green_dominator

Some of you people who bash these games crack me up, Ya know just go back to your JRPG's and take that hallow hatred for a game you don't understand and buy one you do like. I laugh at it because you just don't get it..... I'll fill you in, Fable has and is evolving as a series, Peter molyneux himself has said that he made mistakes with the series and he's trying to fix them. When I look at Fable I see something great and fun and the fact that he sees mistakes tells me he is a guy who tries to make games the best they can be so I'm proud to play his games......

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

@dRuGGeRnaUt You get thumbs down but your speak the truth. You should try fable 1 though its much better than the second one. Clothes or armour actualy effect your abilities and there is actualy a final battle

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

@Barigm must be boxed or sealed they wouldnt be that stupid would they. Well hopefully they are.

Barighm
Barighm

Unless the book is boxed, just grab the code and don't buy the book.

jazilla
jazilla

why would you do a fable book lol? the story in the first two games isnt exactly any more deep than a kiddie pool lol. what is it, a fart and burp joke book?

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Peter David is a pretty good author. Good pick.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

how is it even humanly possible to trust or even remotely like Peter Molyneux??? I have been following this guys career since the begining. and even had fun with SOME of his games(black & white?). I never played the first fable, and just got fable 2 because of what they made it seem like. There were no choices(maybe one) and the end of the game was the most PATHETIC EXCUSE for a video game ending i have EVER seen. *SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER* You spend the whole game "being" good or bad(which really didnt' matter anyways) only to have three lame cards pop up at the end and have you "pick" your ending. ABSOLUTELY TRASH