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Fable II's Knothole Island In Pictures

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left Albion.

Following Lionhead's announcement of the Knothole Island downloadable content coming soon for Fable II, there's a new round of screenshots out from the 800-point ($10) pack. No big surprises here, other than the revelation that the King is apparently alive and well in Albion, as indicated in the first image. See below.

Like Jeff, I haven't even cracked Fable II open yet, and now that this DLC isn't far off, I'm tempted to wait a little bit longer and roll Knothole into my own initial experience. Won't be much longer; Lionhead's promising this one to hit "mid-December." That could be as early as the end of next week, though I'd expect it around the normal XBLA release timeframe the following week.

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Posted by Brad

Following Lionhead's announcement of the Knothole Island downloadable content coming soon for Fable II, there's a new round of screenshots out from the 800-point ($10) pack. No big surprises here, other than the revelation that the King is apparently alive and well in Albion, as indicated in the first image. See below.

Like Jeff, I haven't even cracked Fable II open yet, and now that this DLC isn't far off, I'm tempted to wait a little bit longer and roll Knothole into my own initial experience. Won't be much longer; Lionhead's promising this one to hit "mid-December." That could be as early as the end of next week, though I'd expect it around the normal XBLA release timeframe the following week.

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Posted by pirate_republic

Sweet. I'll download this after I get some MS points for Christmas.

Edited by yellownumber5

looks nice, makes me wish I had a 360 to play this game

Posted by PLWolf

Can't wait to get. Although I should probably finish up the storyline first. lol

Posted by ManMadeGod

I'm not even half way done with Fable yet...............

Posted by RawShark

Probably gonna buy this. Then feel cold and ashamed.

Posted by Jayge_

Maybe it's because I'm playing in 720p instead of 1080p(i? I don't remember), but my game never looks this good.

I'll consider this if I think I want anything more out of Fable II; as I've progressed through the game, I've been finding myself more and more disinterested in it. Grand Theft Auto 4 and Fallout 3 have much more compelling DLC announced in the near future, and I have enough full games to keep me busy for months now anyway.

Sorry Lionhead.

Posted by Lies

Release date for this is the 13th, as I heard it.

Posted by Connelo

This sounds and looks pretty interesting. I wonder what implications it'll have and Woot first comment!

Posted by CleverLoginName

Eh, it was fun but I think I've had my fill. Sure wish I could use Fable II money to buy it, i've got like 2 million gold... and collecting interest.

Posted by Death_Burnout

screw the haters, super stoked for this.

Posted by Punkyblue

I'm definitely getting this, it's so festive!

Posted by keyhunter

foooook. WHY didn't they just release it with the 8 hour long game they sold me?

Posted by Irishjohn

I have to say I'm against all DLC available this quickly in principle.  Why wasn't in the game?

I can't make my mind up about Fable 2, I really can't.  I liked the first Fable against my own expectations, and I've played a good bit of this one but it's not holding its own against the other games I can afford to be playing.
Posted by Aaron_G

Good it will be good to get back to Fable II.

Posted by HilariousDoubleEntendre

My God. I love Fable II. 

Posted by waza

DLC ... so fast .... to me, this looks like they started producing it before the game was even gold .... cutting on the game's content to sell it afterward, looks like it to me

Posted by AspiringAndy

Festive Indeed.
Good reason to play again..
I played the first one for ages.
Finished the story in Fable 2 and I was bored with it.

Posted by Jimbo_N

I actually missed the snow in the initial campaign. looks like we´ll get some snow here. looks sweet.

Posted by jos1ah

I haven't played Fable 2 yet, but I'm thinking about it. ...But I'll tell ya, the quick DLC that they obviously fucked out of the main game just to rake the consumer does not make me want to play it more.

Posted by TomA
Posted by Rio

Sounds good to me.  lol at people still trying to down play fable saying its 8 hours long. I have gotten 40 hours out of my first play through and about 25 in my second, I plan on rushing through a third to get the third ending.  People must not know how to play these kinds of games.........

Posted by EvilTwin

Looks great, hopefully my 360 will return to me by then.

Posted by marcusfriendly

Ill get this around christmas time!

Posted by WinterSnowblind

Seriously, anyone complaining about the game only being "8 hours long" missed the entire point.  I got more than 40 hours out of both my play throughs, and I'd still be happy enough to play through it again.  The content is coming quite soon, but remember, developers don't keep working on the game right up until release, they probably DID have people working on this before the games release, but releasing it with the final game would have definitely meant delaying the game.  And how many of you would be willing to work over time for free?

I think some people are being far too cynical in regards to DLC, without even attempting to understand the process.

800 points seems like a bit much though, I would have thought something like this would have only been 400, so I hope it's a sizable amount of new content..

Posted by RolexDPracer

Once I tear myself away Fallout 3 I really need to get back into Fable II. That looks like same decent DLC for the price.

Posted by Jimbo

Does this take place where Fable 2 left off?  If so, that would explain what happened to the last third of the main quest.  If it wraps up the story then I guess I will (begrudgingly) buy it. if it's just an irrelevant side quest then I think I'll pass.

Posted by Media_Master

looks nice...

Posted by code305

they look pretty sweet.

Posted by megalowho

I'll echo that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the amount of content in Fable II, In fact I think it's a great template for how developers should create single player experiences nowadays - around 8-10 hours of a tight, no filler main questline with 25+ hours of major and minor side quests, exploration, social interaction, hidden areas, real estate, etc. all on par with or better than the main quest stuff. It all becomes one big experience in the end, and you'll be sure there will be plenty to do in the world after you "finish" the story.

Sure this was probably being put together by the time the game went gold, but If Knothole Island (which seems fairly out there so far anyway, perfect for DLC) made it into the retail version we'd likely still be waiting for Fable II to drop, and folks would just raise eyebrows about the next bit of DLC on the horizon instead. There's $60 of game in that box as is no question, and I'd rather see a DLC model like this where substantial content is released while the game is still fresh than what Rockstar is doing with GTAIV.

Posted by Kush

It looks nice, but I still can't justify the $10 price tag...not from what I've read.

Posted by SpinCookie

man i love snow in games, that looks like fun.  don't have an xbox though.

Posted by Jayge_
megalowho said:
"I'll echo that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the amount of content in Fable II, In fact I think it's a great template for how developers should create single player experiences nowadays - around 8-10 hours of a tight, no filler main questline with 25+ hours of major and minor side quests, exploration, social interaction, hidden areas, real estate, etc. all on par with or better than the main quest stuff. It all becomes one big experience in the end, and you'll be sure there will be plenty to do in the world after you "finish" the story.

Sure this was probably being put together by the time the game went gold, but If Knothole Island (which seems fairly out there so far anyway, perfect for DLC) made it into the retail version we'd likely still be waiting for Fable II to drop, and folks would just raise eyebrows about the next bit of DLC on the horizon instead. There's $60 of game in that box as is no question, and I'd rather see a DLC model like this where substantial content is released while the game is still fresh than what Rockstar is doing with GTAIV."
I disagree; while Rockstar may be taking it a bit too far with their DLC timing, I think something like Bethesda's DLC plan is absolutely perfect. Give people some time to accumulate funds and let the game get a little dust, then release something great a few months after release. That should get people back into playing the game for the DLC or just to play it long enough to keep them even more vamped for the second DLC pack, and that could easily escalate again into the third DLC pack. The pacing and design of the release structure is brilliant.
Posted by mjwickstrom1

Looks nice.

I'm undecided on whether or not tyo buy this. Although I beat the main story there's still lots to do. I also want to save my MS Points for Rock Band 2 DLC, but we'll see.

Posted by BoG
Jayge said:
"Maybe it's because I'm playing in 720p instead of 1080p(i? I don't remember), but my game never looks this good.."
That's odd, is console set up right? I'm on 480p and mine is comparable to those images.
Posted by DoctorTran

Totally going to get this.

Posted by Gizmo

I'm going to try and sell Far Cry 2 to get Fable II.

I completed the game today after renting it from Blockbuster, and I'm in love with it's incredible story and great memorable scenery.

Oh yeah, Fable III should be an MMO.