Fable II is now available for our downloading pleasure, but creator Peter Molyneux wants to make one thing clear – it is not a demo. In fact, he hates the things and is only giving us a taste of Albion because, so far, just three million people have purchased the game.
“I had a look at how many active Live users there are – I don’t know the exact number but it’s 10 million or something like that – and compared to the number of people that have bought Fable II, about three million, and saw there’s a big divide. As a greedy game designer I ask why. I can sit back and moan about it and wish the game had more presence at retail or whatever, or I could do something about it,” said Molyneux.
Concerning his distaste for all things demonstration, “Now, I hate demos. I think demos are the death knell of experiences. Over the years I’ve done demos and they’ve either completely ruined the game, given too much to the player, or they’ve confused people, so I said that we should give away the very first 45 minutes of the game, completely free, and just before you get to Bowerstone up comes this message saying, ‘If you want to continue playing press this button, but if you want to buy the rest of the game, press this’. So people that are interested but don’t want to commit to the full purchase can play more, and people that are into it can buy all of it, and they don’t lose experience or gold they’ve collected.”
We are not sure if this is the wisest path to take regarding the fate of demos, but we sure are glad to see Molyneux back in traditional form. We have missed you, sir.