Bad news for gamers who pre-ordered the Limited Collector's Edition of Fable II: Most of that cool stuff you were promised isn't actually going to be included with the game.
Lionhead Studios announced today that the game is now in manufacturing, and confirmed its release on October 21 in North America and October 24 in Europe. However, due to "supply chain issues," the company also said it's making changes to the Limited Collector's Edition of the game, and that the five Fate Cards, the Hobbe figure and the premium game box will not be part of the package. Instead, the Collector's Edition will now include only the game, a bonus DVD with a "Making Of" video, and for Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live subscriptions, bonus game content including The Hall of the Dead dungeon, The Wreckager legendary cutlass and the Spartan armor and energy sword.
To make up for the shortcoming, Lionhead said it was reducing the suggested retail price of the game by ten bucks, from $79.99 to $69.99 (although actual prices may vary), and will also be offering a special Fable soundtrack, including a "wonderful selection" of music from the original Fable and three new tracks from Fable II, as a free download from sumthingdigital.com. The soundtrack will be available beginning October 6 with the "FableCollection" promotion code.
Is it just me or is there something mind-blowingly ironic about the collector's edition of a Peter Molyneux game being cut back a few weeks before release because the company can't deliver what it promised?