While Lionhead made headlines at Gamescom with the reveal of Fable III, it was also made known that Fable II would be broken up into “Single-serving sizes.”
According to Lionhead, “The launch of Fable II: Game Episodes will debut September 29 with the release of the first episode for free download exclusively on Xbox LIVE.”
Fable II will be broken up into five parts that can be downloaded via the Games on Demand service. The content will be compatible with all add-ons and DLC, and game saves can be imported into the disc version of the game if you decide to pick it up at retail.
No pricing has yet been revealed for future episodes. More in the presser below. Also, head over to our video section by clicking HERE for a glimpse at the debut trailer of Fable III.
While Fable II has become the best-selling role-playing game of all time on Xbox 360, there are some who still have not experienced the magic and adventures that await them in Albion. For those who have watched from the outside, unsure if they were hero material, a surprise awaits. Microsoft and Lionhead Studios are about to embark on a new journey with the episodic release of Fable II on Xbox LIVE®. The launch of Fable II: Game Episodes will debut September 29 with the release of the first episode for free download exclusively on Xbox LIVE.
In the first episode, you will experience childhood and the trials of being a young adult in the world of Albion. After completing the chapter, you have the choice to then purchase the next installment or the entire game (in select regions). Fable II: Game Episodes delivers the entire Fable II experience in five consecutive installments, with all the Achievements, challenges, and excitement of the disk-based game, as well as full compatibility with the previously released Game Add-ons, Knothole Island and See the Future. The episodes are also fully compatible with the disk-based, retail version of Fable II, allowing players to enter Albion and continue their story should they purchase Fable II at retail. All editions of the game offer cooperative play with friends on the same couch as well as on Xbox LIVE (Xbox LIVE Gold Membership required for online multiplayer).
"With the launch of Games on Demand on Xbox LIVE, we have a great tool in place to deliver classic titles in an incredibly convenient fashion," said Phil Spencer, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios. "With the Fable II episodic model, we're encouraging people to experience the first chapter of the game free, then move onto other chapters when they are ready. It's a unique model and one that will appeal to gamers who've been hesitant to dive full into the original retail release."
Gamescom 2009: Fable II Going Episodic