Fable II is Free on Xbox Live, Probably By Accident UPDATED (AGAIN)
UPDATE II: After having downloaded it and played it, I can say confidently that it is, in fact the full game for free. It does not require you to pay $19.99 for the rest of the game after completing the first episode.
UPDATE: @thevowel says the free Fable II only will let you play the first Episode before asking you to pay.
Funny thing, if you go to this page on Xbox.com, you’ll see that Fable II is now free as a Games on Demand download. You can make the “purchase” there, and it absolutely will download to your Xbox if you do that.
This has to be an accident, though, because the game is not free if you try to buy it from the Xbox 360 dashboard, and it is not free if you go to the game’s main page on Xbox.com. This means the free Fable II is a separate listing from the Fable II listing found elsewhere; this deal comes on Fable II’s “offers” page, and from what I can tell, the only way to find that page is using Xbox.com’s search function, because the main Fable II page does not link to it.
I’ve read speculation on Twitter that the download only gets you the first Fable II episode and that if you want to play past the prologue you’ll have to shell out money, but I can’t confirm that right now. But it is a separate listing, so that’s quite possibly what’s going on with this. Edit: Back when Fable II was available in episodic form, the free first episode was only 1.8 gb, while this free copy is 7 gb, which is, you know, the entire game.
I’m sure we’ll hear something from Microsoft soon, or maybe we won’t because this might be their idea of viral marketing for Fable III. That would probably be the best viral marketing ever, I think.