GDC 2008: Fable 2 Co-op Play, Pub Games Confirmed

Fable2.jpg During Microsoft’s GDC keynote, Lionhead Studios mastermind Peter Molyneux took the stage to discuss two exciting new features for Fable 2. The first is co-op. Yep, that’s right. In Fable 2, you’ll be able to partner up with a buddy and adventure together across the expansive world of Albion! But that’s not all. Molyneux also unveiled Fable 2 pub games, a stand-alone Xbox Live Arcade downloadable collection of mini-games crafted in partnership with Carbonated Games that will be made available prior to Fable 2‘s full release. By downloading the pub games, players will be able to get a head start on their path to riches by completing mini-games for in-game currency that will transfer over to the full game once it releases. No word yet on the pricing plans, but as soon as that info is announced I’ll let you know. Until then, hit the jump for a gorgeous new batch of screenshots and an updated fact sheet explaining Fable 2‘s assortment of features.

Title: “Fable 2”

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Developer: Lionhead Studios

Format: DVD for the Xbox 360 video game system

ESRB Rating: TBD

Availability: 2008

Product Overview:

“Fable 2” is the true sequel to the wildly successful original that sold more than 3 million copies, offering even more choices and building on the core gameplay theme of “Fable,” where a player’s every decision continually defines whom they become. “Fable 2” is an action role-playing game (RPG) that truly allows players to live the life they choose in an unimaginably open world environment.

Set 500 years after the original, “Fable 2” will provide gamers with an epic story and innovative real-time gameplay, including a massive amount of freedom and choice to explore a vast collection of dungeons, catacombs and caves in the world of Albion.

Features:

• Choices, consequences. The innovative gameplay pioneered in the original “Fable” provided gamers with a never-before-seen level of immersion in a truly interactive world. “Fable 2” expands upon the scope and depth of the Xbox classic by adding incredible new features and creating a wider, more complex kingdom of limitless choices and consequences. Players will have the option to play as a man or woman, get married, have children, and live a life of their own design.
• A land far, far away. Revisit the sprawling world of Albion more than 500 years after the events of the original “Fable,” where you are free to explore the landscape and openly roam the countryside. For the right price every house, hut, dungeon and castle is for sale. Players can witness how the world grows and changes in response to their decisions in incredible and unique ways as they rediscover Albion as if for the first time.
• Fight with ease. “Fable 2” pioneers a new combat system designed to allow players to truly master hand weapons such as swords and maces, ranged combat weapons such as bows and guns, and an entirely new magic system. These three disciplines, while very accessible, are also amazingly deep, and allow players to mix combat styles and become everything from master swordsman to skilled ranger to evil magic welder, utilizing a single button on the Xbox 360 controller.
• A hero’s best friend. This groundbreaking addition to the game is integral to the theme of unconditional love in “Fable 2.” The canine companion will act as friend, compass and protector. Players must merely feed their pooch and he will love unconditionally, creating a bond that sets up emotion-filled journeys all throughout this magical world.
• Experience the world together. For the first time in the “Fable” series, gamers can experience the expansive and immersive world of “Fable 2” with friends, utilizing the new and exciting Dynamic Co-op Mode, bringing the long-awaited multiplayer function to the world of “Fable 2.”
• Xbox LIVE Arcade mini-games earn major cash. Carbonated Games has partnered with Lionhead Studios Ltd. to bring an unparalleled experience to gamers through Xbox LIVE Arcade. Gamers can start earning in-game currency for the “Fable 2” world later this year, before the game’s release to retail, by downloading and completing exclusive mini-games, which will be available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade and allow gamers to purchase weapons, armor and more for their hero.

Developer Information:

Acquired by Microsoft Game Studios in April, the U.K.-based Lionhead Studios has developed a unique formula for creating original and innovative games such as the extremely successful “Black & White” for Windows in 2001, “Fable” for Xbox in 2004, “Fable: The Lost Chapters” for Windows in 2005, “Black & White 2” and “The Movies” in 2005.

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