Fable II News

Fable Trilogy confirmed for February

Fable Trilogy confirmed for February

Includes Fables 2, 3 and Anniversary "at a discounted rate."

Fable Trilogy - a collection that includes Fable 2, Fable 3, and the upcoming remake of the first game, Fable Anniversary - has been confirmed for a 7th February release.

This is the same day as Fable Anniversary standalone.

The listing appeared on the Xbox Marketplace, where it noted that it "offers these games together at a discounted rate over individual purchases." Furthermore, it added that this collection won't receive any enhancements to the earlier releases of Fables 2 and 3. "The games in this bundle are available as individual downloads in the Xbox Games marketplace and are exactly the same," Microsoft stated.

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2K Games boss says photorealism aids diversity, Notch disagrees

Can games do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain yet?

2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has gone and said something controversial. He's declared that only when games approach photorealistic graphics will they be able to broaden their genre-horizon and properly do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain - rather than the Mission Impossible experiences we get today.

The new Lionhead "more about lots of individuals"

Fable dev praises Peter Molyneux as "irreplaceable".

Fable Heroes lead designer Ted Timmins has described departed Lionhead figurehead Peter Molyneux as "irreplaceable" and a "total legend", and said "there's no one who can fill those shoes".

Fable: The Journey domain registered

Along with three Kinect-themed titles.

Microsoft has registered Fablethejourney.org as a domain name, along with three other phrases which seem to suggest a bunch of Kinect titles is on the way.

Molyneux: "Sorry if I've over-promised"

Admits telling fibs to keep journos awake.

Lionhead boss and newly-crowned holder of a BAFTA Fellowship Peter Molyneux has admitted making game features up on the spot to stop bored journalists falling asleep during interviews.

Fable de-make to revive promised ideas

Yes, you can plant the sodding acorn.

The creator of a 2D Fable "de-make" has popped up a video of his progress and explained how he's incorporating systems from the first two Fable games - including some that were mentioned during their development but never made it in.

First Fable II: Game Episode is live

Details on how it works inside.

Fable II. We're fans, you may remember. Well, those of you who haven't tried it yet can play a decent chunk of it for free today with the launch of Fable II: Game Episodes on Xbox Live's Games on Demand channel.

Fable II GOTY edition in September

Original game plus two add-ons.

Retailers including our old friends ShopTo and Play.com are both listing a Fable II Game of the Year edition for release on 18th September.

E3: Molyneux reveal during MS conf?

Lionhead promises "a big presentation".

Lionhead has promised "a big presentation" during the Microsoft E3 conference, which runs on Monday, 1st June from 6.30pm UK time (BST). And we'll be reporting live from the event, remember.

New Fable II DLC gets date and price

See the Future in early May, under a fiver.

Lionhead has announced that Fable II: See the Future will be released on 12th May on Xbox Live Marketplace and cost 560 Microsoft Points (GBP 4.76 / EUR 6.72).

Second batch of Fable II DLC revealed

See the Future offers just that.

Microsoft and Lionhead have revealed the second batch of Fable II downloadable content, which will be arrive in May for 560 Microsoft Points (GBP 4.76 / EUR 6.72).

More Fable II DLC in development

But there's no Woss Fable III deal.

Microsoft has pooh-poohed Jonathan Ross's claim that he has been invited to provide a voiceover in Fable III, but has confirmed plans for more Fable II DLC.

Ross accidentally announces Fable III

Ross accidentally announces Fable III

UK broadcaster blurts news on Twitter.

Celebrity talker Jonathan Ross seems to have inadvertently confirmed the development of Fable III on his Twitter, claiming he's been offered a voice-over role.

"Tweeting" after last night's BAFTA shindig, the British TV and radio star wished his gossip-hungry fans goodnight with this message: "Goodnight all. Must go to bed. Got asked to do voice in Fable 3 tonight. Subarashi. Oyasuminasia. Woss out."

When asked to confirm the slip by a fellow Tweeter, Ross proclaimed, "Yes they are doing it. Charlie Brooker said he would do a voice for it to! Great fun!!"

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BAFTA game nominations revealed

COD4, Fable II, GTAIV, LBP top the bill.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is heading up the nominations for the British Academy Video Game Awards this year, which take place in London on 10th March.

Fable II gets bug-fixing patch

Fable II gets bug-fixing patch

It's paving the way for tomorrow's DLC.

Lionhead has finally popped out a Fable II patch to clean up a variety of minor niggles and bugs, according to the official community site.

The title update addresses problems such as the unresponsive Abbot in Oakfield, the temperamental Guild Cave chest, your children being picked as assassination targets and the level of stock in the Bowerstone furniture shop.

All of which clears the way rather nicely for the brand new Knothole Island downloadable content arriving tomorrow, priced at 800 Microsoft Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60).

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Fable II DLC coming next week

Knothole Island date confirmed, again.

Lionhead Studios has announced a finalised date of the 13th of January for the global release of the first nugget of Fable II DLC.

Fable II wins animal rights award

PETA praises Peter's pet project.

Fable II has been named the most animal-friendly videogame of 2008 by campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Lionhead confirms Fable II DLC delay

Lionhead confirms Fable II DLC delay

Following Xbox.com report. Late Jan now.

Lionhead has confirmed to Eurogamer that the Fable II: Knothole Island downloadable expansion pack has been delayed until January 2009.

An announcement on Xbox.com yesterday said the pack had been pushed back from 22nd December until "late January", which the developer confirmed this morning.

Xbox.com cited "unexpected technical difficulties".

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Fable II patch

Fable II patch "coming along nicely"

Children taken off assassination hit list.

Lionhead has a title update for Fable II in testing and waiting for finalisation, and has said everything is "coming along nicely".

That's according to the community website, which has also supplied a list of bugs being addressed in the patch.

The Ritual/Monk's quest no longer presents an unresponsive Abbot if you run out of the region before he finishes talking, which is quite a rude thing to do. Still, part of the main quest and that, so even those with no manners ought to be able to continue.

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Fable II reveal delayed

Curtains to be drawn Monday 24th.

The big Fable II anouncement mooted last week on the Fable II dev blog has been delayed until Monday the 24th.

Big Fable II announcement next week

Big Fable II announcement next week

Dev blog post sparks DLC rumours.

A mysterious post on Lionhead's development blog suggests a Fable II announcement is due "early next week".

The post, made by community manager 'Sam', promises some "good news for all Fable II fans next week", but there are no further details. In a related post the cheeky teaser also promises, "Next week we're announcing something that will make you want to revisit Albion. That is, if you're not already there..." Which could indicate something which would provide an extension of game-time.

Microsoft's being tight-lipped about the whole affair, claiming they'd be "hung, drawn and quartered" were the cat to escape the bag, so we're assuming it's quite big potatoes. The obvious answer would be some DLC - there are a few clues kicking around in the game's interface already and items are available from the Fable II puppet show web site - but there are other options such as patches or an expansion.

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Lionhead prioritising Fable II Abbot bug

"Some things slip through the net."

Lionhead has said that fixing the Abbot bug in Fable II is a "matter of priority", and that a patch to fix the multiplayer glitch stripping characters of gold and experience will be made available "very soon".

Fable II online co-op for launch

Fable II online co-op for launch

Confirmed and free.

Lionhead has confirmed that a patch enabling online co-op in Fable II will go live tomorrow, 21st October.

That's according to the Lionhead community blog, which has provided running updates on the multiplayer feature that once looked likely to be missing at launch.

Fable II will be released across Europe this Friday, after much talk of dogs and emotions and shooting husbands and revolutionary this and simplified that.

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Molyneux's next game to show at GDC?

It'll be "politically contentious" if it does.

Two years ago he said he'd be "killed to death" if he revealed what Lionhead was working on besides Fable 2, but now it sounds like veteran developer Peter Molyneux may get his chance as soon as the Game Developers Conference in March.

Fable 2 co-op at launch - Lionhead

Fable 2 co-op at launch - Lionhead

"It looks like we've done it."

Lionhead has tentatively announced a launch-day patch to enable online co-op in Fable 2.

"Remember we said we were busting our balls to get [the patch] ready in time for a 'Day One' release? Well - good news folks! It looks like we've done it," reads a developer update on the Lionhead blog.

"Taken into account we don't fail certification," added the post.

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Molyneux asks critics to do him a favour

Wants us to get a non-gamer to play it too.

Having given Fable 2 9/10 in his own unofficial review last month, Lionhead's Peter Molyneux is now dispensing tips and instructions to those of us who had to wait.

Fable 2 Pub Games glitch was intentional

Cheaters to face in-game consequences.

Peter Molyneux has claimed that the Fable 2 Pub Games glitch, which allowed bets to be increased ten-fold by some timely button pressing, was absolutely intentional.

Peter Molyneux picks apart Too Human

"It tried to be something it was not."

Peter Molyneux reckons there was something "slightly off" about Too Human, and says he would have done things differently had he been in charge.

Fable 2 Pub Games to be patched

Fable 2 Pub Games to be patched

Gambling exploit on last legs.

A patch to rectify the money-making exploit in the Fable 2 Pub Games "is on the way".

Developer Lionhead prepared us for the fix alongside some general hints and tips for the card games that are based entirely upon luck.

"If you are wondering about a 'much talked about' exploit, just ignore it (and know that a patch is on the way)," reads a Lionhead post on the Fable 2 blog.

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Lionhead explains Fable 2 money transfers

How XBLA Pub Games make in-game gold.

Wondering how to transfer money into Fable 2 from the Xbox Live Arcade "Fable 2 Pub Games" due out tomorrow? Good news then, because Lionhead's been in touch to tell Eurogamer how it works.

Fable 2 release date announced

Fable 2 release date announced

XBLA Pub Games also dated.

Microsoft has announced that Fable 2 will be released in Europe on 24th October exclusively for Xbox 360.

Meanwhile, the Fable 2 Pub Games title for Xbox Live Arcade will be released next week on 13th August for 800 Microsoft Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60).

Fable 2 is a vast, branching, emotional action-RPG developed by Lionhead, in which players embark on a journey heavily influenced by practical and moral choices.

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Peter Molyneux considering MMO options

But won't say any more than that.

Peter Molyneux ducked questions about a possible Lionhead MMO game during a chat with Eurogamer prior to E3 and gave the impression that he's bound to secrecy.

No demo for Fable 2, says Molyneux

Not if he has anything to do with it.

Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has told Eurogamer there will be no playable demo for Fable 2 - at least not if the decision is left to him.

Earn Fable 2 money in XBLA games

Plus, drop-in co-op confirmed for RPG.

Peter Molyneux has revealed that certain Xbox Live Arcade games will allow you to earn virtual money that you can then spend in Fable 2.

Molyneux would prefer to have HDD

But he believes in 360 Core system.

Peter Molyneux says that while he would prefer to have a hard disk to work with as standard, he believes that backing low-price console hardware is "really important".

Fable 2 in late 2008 - Molyneux

Dev also talks up Lionhead's other game as you interview him.

Fable 2 will be released in "late 2008", Peter Molyneux told Eurogamer readers today in a wide-ranging LiveText interview.

Peter Molyneux LiveText on Fri

Facing your questions live.

Good news, Eurogamers! Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux is lining up to talk to you in our second LiveText interview this Friday, 30th November, from 3pm GMT!

Wow factor has gone - Molyneux

And he's not happy about it.

Lionhead president Peter Molyneux says that games have lost their sense of "wonder" and are in danger of becoming "increasingly niche".

Your chance to grill Peter Molyneux

Flip halfway through.

The Eurogamer TV crew will be catching up with Peter Molyneux for tea, chat and maybe more this Thursday at the Develop Conference in Brighton, and we're giving you the opportunity to interview the Fable creator as he sweats under the glare of our spotlight.

EGTV: Fable 2

It's all about love.

Lingering lovingly on Eurogamer TV this morning is a new developer diary for Fable 2.

GDC: Molyneux's Fable 2 revelation

One man and his dog.

Peter Molyneux has finally let slip one of his big secrets for Fable 2, revealing at GDC that you will have a canine companion to follow you throughout your adventures in Albion.

Fable 2: "revelation" at GDC

Lionhead releases first art.

Lionhead has said today that Peter Molyneux's Fable 2 keynote at GDC in San Francisco will provide a "surprise and a revelation" for those following the sequel's development.

GDC promises Fable 2 reveal

Molyneux to speak (unusual!)

Lionhead's Peter Molyneux will be speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March - and he's promising to let us all in on one of Fable 2's big secrets.

Molyneux on emotional games

Says they'll push things forward.

Enthusiastic developer Peter Molyneux has revealed how he thinks the games industry needs to innovate in order to grow - by creating games that make a player feel loved.

Peter Molyneux on Fable 2's 'big, big' secret

It's one word. Can you guess?

As journalists we love Peter Molyneux, because when most people say they can't talk about their secret game projects, like the stone-hearted spoilsports they are, they generally mean it. But when Molyneux warns us he's taken a vow of omerta, what he actually means is he's going rattle away for ages and say as much as he possibly can without quite hoisting himself by any specific petard.