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Fable II Patch Certified For Launch Day

Microsoft confirms that Fable II will have online co-op sometime tomorrow.

Like this, but times two!
Microsoft's official marketing blog has confirmed this morning that the patch to enable Fable II's online co-op features has been certified as something that (probably) won't make your Xbox 360 explode or speak in tongues. This means that by the time you're able to properly buy Fable II tomorrow (or on the 24th if you're in Europe), the online co-op should be ready to go.

However, a time for the patch wasn't announced, so I guess it's possible that if you ran right out first thing in the morning and got the game, it might not be up yet.

Still totally against day one patches over here, but considering you'd need online access both to use and to download the patch, this case doesn't seem like a huge deal.
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Posted by Jeff
Like this, but times two!
Microsoft's official marketing blog has confirmed this morning that the patch to enable Fable II's online co-op features has been certified as something that (probably) won't make your Xbox 360 explode or speak in tongues. This means that by the time you're able to properly buy Fable II tomorrow (or on the 24th if you're in Europe), the online co-op should be ready to go.

However, a time for the patch wasn't announced, so I guess it's possible that if you ran right out first thing in the morning and got the game, it might not be up yet.

Still totally against day one patches over here, but considering you'd need online access both to use and to download the patch, this case doesn't seem like a huge deal.
Posted by Milkman

Good to hear, though I'm still not really sold on the co-op itself.

Posted by Tarsier

Doesn't every game have an update the day it comes out? Yes. Stop making it seem like such a big deal people.

Posted by MasterSplinter

They should have never announced that it wouldn't have co-op out the gate until they definitively knew that it wouldn't.

Posted by Hulk

Groovy.

Posted by PJ
Posted by SpaceInsomniac

>>> "Still totally against day one patches over here, but considering you'd need online access both to use and to download the patch, this case doesn't seem like a huge deal." <<<

Which is exactly why I think it's unfair that the game is already being reviewed with scores reflecting the game's limited co-op, even though none of us will have to deal with it.  Even still it's doing quite well, but I have to wonder if the scores would be even better if the reviews weren't based on a version of the game that we'll never play.

Posted by HatKing

I just don't care about co-op.  Too much of a liability to have my friends in my game, is it bad I can't trust them to not kill my children and/or rape my wife?

Posted by spiceninja

I'm going to the midnight release so I'll be well into Fable 2 before I ever download the patch tomorrow. Which is good because I wasn't even planning on playing co-op until I had at least made it through most of the game.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Cool, getting it tomorrow.

Posted by FotherMucker

I can't wait for the game. I could really care less about co-op though. Fable is suppose to be single player. You're friends would just fuck up you're stuff. (Well, my friends.)

Posted by Jotun

Can't wait till I have this game in my 360. I'm really glad they got the patch finished before most people got ahold of the game. I was really disappointed with the announcement that it wouldn't make it into the game until later.

Posted by War77Machine

So, the rest of us (the rest of the world) should have the patch as well when it is released in our countries. Good Good!

Posted by keyhunter

I can't wait to fart on my friends husbands via co op

Posted by Afroman269

Way too many other games that I'm interested in right now so I'll pass on Fable 2 for now.

Posted by Jimbo_N

I will play through the whole campaign solo, with locked doors, draped windows and loads of drinks first. THEN I might jump into co-op. But not before experiencing the storyline on my own. So this dosent really do anything for me either way.
Even if this game completely lacked Co op I would probably consider it my most anticipated game of the year.

Posted by jshaker

"Still totally against day one patches over here..." - What is wrong with day one patches? If it makes the game better then they're ok with me.

Posted by Arrers

Thank god, Ecspecially since they made such a big thing of it

Posted by Jayzilla

I know I am in the minority here, but I didn't really care for the game. I didn't like the pacing and the cheekiness. Oh well, I know how many of you are looking forward to it. Enjoy.

Posted by EpicSteve

FAANNNNTASTIC!

Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver

Im picking up the game at midnight so i'll be a ways into the single player before I try the multiplayer but im glad to see that they are working hard to get it out as soon as possible. I can only hope that it will not be like the offline co-op where the second player plays a basic thug. Whats the point in having co-op if you can't even play as your own guy

Posted by Dryker

Not working tomorrow, not working out, not doing anything but determining my destiny. Oh, yeah, and dealing with the fact I'll be labled as some kind of card-cheat for exploiting the glitch in Pub Games. Card-cheat... hmm? Well I'm your huckleberry... How duuude... Well daisy if you do.

Posted by BinaryDragon

Go lionhead. You did well on this one, honest about your issues but fixed it before anyone would really experience it. :D I do agree that day one patches seem a little blah, but if they are to do with online I don't see the problem. Surely if it adds something that is online only and you need to access the tubes to get the feature it's a moo point.

No one should moan about this. It's not really an issue. Nice to see that some hard work was done however.

Posted by RenegadeSaint

Excellent. I'm all for some Coop adventuring.

Posted by deathswhisper

"Still totally against day one patches over here"

oh come on he's just getting at the fact that normally when a game needs to have a patch the first day it comes out that it's not a good sign for the rest of the game

Posted by PLWolf

My copy shipped from Amazon today and will be here tomorrow. Can't wait, I'm so hyped to play it.

Posted by NickDynmo

Well that's nice. Still wasn't planning on doing much c-op until I've extensively explored Albion by myself, though.

Posted by 100eyes

I've already been playing the game for a few days now and I hope this patch won't  affect my save games. Actually, it downloaded a patch when I first popped the game in on the 17th. And co-op also seems unnecessary besides hanging out with a friend; the game is pretty easy already.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

What's the policy on day one patches?  You guys 100% against patched reviewing or does this barely slip by?  I guess the question is what "launch" means.

Posted by Aaox

I can't believe it's coming out sooner in America than in England,,, I mena, it's MADE here. I guess Microsoft will always have titles released in America first. When will they wake up and make ALL of their release dates GLOBAL?

Posted by tmontana1004

The game has been reviewed well without it. Still very glad I can soak it up on launch day =D

Posted by d0x

@Tarsier

Not many games have day 1 updates on the 360.  There have been a couple in recent memory but this is one of the few.  I wish they would speak up about why they didnt think it would be ready for launch.  I'm always interested in such things.

Only thing that sucks is tomorrow right as I get home from work one of my friends has decided he wants to pay me a visit.  His first visit in like 7 months...damn guy.

Posted by chavafx

jeff rian just bring the reveiw plz with video r. plz

Posted by Psynapse

Lol just think about how much extra publicity this has gotten Fable 2 and LionHead Studio's... Extremely well done sir...

Posted by Media_Master

Don't care, don't have the red ringer console anyway.

Posted by XXXXX

"What is wrong with day one patches? If it makes the game better then they're ok with me."

My opinion of day one patches is that the publisher willing decided to ship an unfinished game or promised features being stripped out for whatever reason. I won't congratulate them for trying to rectify that decision with a day one patch but I will acknowledge it. Consoles were supposed to offer gamers the assurance that when a game ships  it's complete because of the console's closed system setup. One main hardware configuration as opposed to the PC's extremely varied hardware permutations. As we see on a regular  basis the consoles are following in the PC's  footsteps with the "ship now, patch later" mentality. Its amazing the way some big profile games (Fable 2, Little Big Planet) always seem to pass the QA tests no matter how buggy or sloppy the game is if it needs to hit a certain release window (read: Christmas holidays). Since I feel Microsoft and Lionhead didn't deal with me honestly in this case then as a consumer I will treat them the same way. Here I come Gamestop. I don't care if I only save a measly $5 off the full price of Fable 2, I am buying it used from you.

Posted by AttackedCamo

YES! That's great to hear.

Posted by TheGodOfHell

Imagine if the NES had a internet adapter and you had to have a patch to unlock the 2-player in Double Dragon. It wouldn't work then, and it doesn't work now.

Posted by ManlyBeast

I should have it tomorrow .

Posted by killdave

The way I see it .. if it meant another week++ to get the game because of something that I would "only use" while "online", and that thing was fixed by "going online" ... then there is no problem at all.

Its not like they made the game where the end level wasnt in the box and you had to log online to get it .... ^^ chill peeps. This is a good thing and they made the decision to publish the game sooner knowing said problem would fix itself when trying to play online.