Just when you thought you’d made it through your twelve steps of Fable rehab, the land of Albion calls again. Slated for a release in the fourth quarter of 2010, Fable III will be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 and PC in two packaged versions. The standard, which you can rent from Blockbuster, or wherever they do that kind of thing, and the Limited Collector’s Edition, which will be available for the 360 only.
For an additional twenty dollars, gamers will receive a number of upgrades out the gate, including:
-A new quest: Uncover the mystery of the haunted forests of Silverpines and earn the legendary sword, Wolfsbane, deadly against wolves and balverines.
-Exclusive location: Unlock a new region, ideal for settling down with a family and discovering new treasures.
-“Fable III” playing cards: Created by Lionhead, these cards depict every type of character in “Fable III,” including Heroes, royals, rebels and villains from across Albion and beyond.
-Guild Seal Coin: The coin features a Good side (blue) and Evil side (red) to assist players in making critical decisions that will impact the fate of the world forever.
-A new dog breed: Renowned for its loyalty, the Boxer is a brave canine companion worthy of the greatest Queens and Kings.
-One unique outfit: Unearth one male and female outfit from the mysterious, faraway land of Aurora, a new destination in your “Fable III” adventures.
As ridiculous as it may sound, possessing that coin has massive appeal. In the grip of early-onset Dragon Age: Origins obsession, a friend of mine quipped that there needed to a new achievement called The Agonizer, which could only be earned if you took ten minutes or more before making one of the many plot-crucial moral decisions of the game. Providing players with a guilt-free crutch a la Two Face is a thoughtful touch, so well done, Lionhead.
In Fable III players will return to Albion as the child of their hero from Fable II. It will be up to you to fan the flames of a revolution and take the crown back, as is your right. Personally, I am looking forward to the month I’ll be spending cloistered away indoors, devoid of human contact, warmed only by the glow of my TV screen and the feeling of a job well done. I will slaughter my enemies wholesale, and furthermore intend to spring for the collector’s edition pictured above. How about you?