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Avatar ImageFable 2 goes episodic
By: | September 29th, 2009
News |XBLA

Fable2Set to debut today, Lionhead are set to make a first for the Xbox Live Marketplace, with Fable 2 being hewn into episodic pieces and delivered via the Games on Demand service.

With the first episode being available for free, this is a perfect opportunity for prospective players to try before they buy.

Any “Fable II” fan can share experiences of their life in the rich world of Albion, and wild stories about glory or mischief they’ve gotten into as consequences of their choices in the game. For everyone missing out, Microsoft now presents a completely new way to experience “Fable II” through the power of Xbox LIVE and Games on Demand: “Fable II: Game Episodes.”

“Fable II: Game Episodes” gives players the choice to purchase and download “Fable II” one episode at a time. This marks the first time in Xbox history that a major blockbuster title will be distributed not only digitally, but episodically as well. “Fable II: Game Episodes” delivers the entire “Fable II” experience in five consecutive installments, with all the Achievements, challenges and excitement of the disc-based game, as well as full compatibility with the previously released Game Add-ons, “Knothole Island” and “See the Future.”

As an incentive for those curious about the adventures that await them in “Fable II,” Microsoft Game Studios is making the first episode free to download. In this initial episode, players are introduced to the vibrant world of Albion where every choice has a consequence, and are able to experience childhood and the trials of being a young adult. Players can then choose to purchase additional episodes on Xbox LIVE at their own pace.

Players who decide to purchase “Fable II” either digitally or on disc after a foray into the first game episode will find their saved progress, character profile, and items from the first episode will be transferred seamlessly as they continue their journey. All editions of the game offer cooperative play with friends on the same couch as well as on Xbox LIVE.

  1. Get your first hit for free, good idea.

    I’m quite open to episodic content, it’s how I purchased and played through Siren: Blood Curse on the PS3.

  2. I quite like the idea of big retail games offering their game in episodic chunks, as sometimes your not really sure how you’ll get on with a game, and demos tend to be only a brief glimpse of “the best bit” rather than actual gameplay.

  3. This is actually a pretty damn good idea. Demos are never the whole picture of a game.

  4. I’m really shocked that most games haven’t started this type of business model yet. It seems like there are a lot of people out there who absolutely never finish games, but instead just like to play the first couple levels of a bunch of different ones. These are the people who would be most interested in purchasing games on a level by level basis. I know it would make me more willing to try a game out.

  5. I couldn’t wait to sell Fable II after beating it.

  6. I still haven’t even beaten it, I hated the social system in it so much.

    I think I will at least finish the story though.

  7. avatar Jordan Garski (lazy, again)

    @ Chris
    I couldn’t wait to sell Fable II after simply starting it, and realizing it’s pretty much Fable 1 all over again.

  8. What I am curious about here is the long term price point? If you bought a complete game by episode how would it compare to just buying the package at MSRP?

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