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GDC 10: Fable 3 Needs to Sell 5 Million Copies

During a panel at this year's Games Developer Conference, Peter Molyneux declared a lofty goal for Fable III. It needs to sell more than 5 million copies. Molyneux did not frame this as a financial goal, but instead a way to measure that far more people were drawn in by Fable III's big changes.

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Al Bundy2808d ago (Edited 2808d ago )

LOL. Then they better include exclusive Halo Reach map packs with it.

King_of _the_Casuals2808d ago

Peter can count on aleast one sale from me! Only 4,999,999 more and he will reach his goal! LOL But anyone know how many Fable 2 sold??? I know it was A LOT but what was the exact number. Guessing this one will sell more because of the larger install base and great publicity from the 2nd one.

beans2808d ago

I'm sold as well so make that 4,999,998!

StanLee2808d ago

3.5 million to 5 million is a huge jump. Regardless of if the changes make what is one of the most accessible RPGs more engage for a casual player, I still don't see 1.5 million more people buying the game.

Cold 20002808d ago

Fable 2 sold 3.5 million.

With todays bigger install base and bundles on day one of launch for instance they may reach the 5 million mark but I bet on lets say around 4 million. 5 million isnt impossible but seems a bit high.

damnightmare2808d ago

Well with a bigger install base and Natal support (if there is support) it will definitely sell more than Fable 2

Add in Microsoft advertising and marketing and it might just reach that, and possible PC port.

ProjectVulcan2808d ago (Edited 2808d ago )

IF the rumours hold to be true and the game comes to Pc then its a conceivable ambition. If it doesnt then really there is little chance of it selling more than 4 million on 360 alone i would say. the list of exclusive 360 games that have sold more than 4 million is short and share a common theme, shall we say.....'adult' gun combat orientation lol

bioshock12212808d ago

Right I don't think it will sell that good unless Natal helps it out. But yeah I'm definitely excited for this game and will buy it. But 5 million it's a pretty big goal.

lelo2play2808d ago

Well... one copy will be mine for sure.

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cayal2808d ago

"With todays bigger install base and bundles on day one of launch for instance they may reach the 5 million mark but I bet on lets say around 4 million. 5 million isnt impossible but seems a bit high."

You do realise that it is very rare that sequels outsell the previous one?

There aren't many games where the sequel did better, and if so, very rarely are they more then a couple of thousand, let alone 1.5 million.

ActionBastard2808d ago

So by 360 standards, Fable 2 was a flop.

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EVILDEAD3602808d ago

I'm just hoping that the changes don't take away from all the little things that made the second one a friggin' blast.

Only time will tell..but I love the energy Peter brings to game releases..

Evil

pixelsword2807d ago

I can't see that game selling that much.

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KILLERAPP2808d ago (Edited 2808d ago )

Am sorry to burst peters bubble but there is no way the game will sell five million copies, hell even gears of war has a hard time reaching those numbers. Am not saying the game will be bad, the game will be good, but this game is a sequel and this game will sell the same as part 2 did maybe a little more or a little less…

soxfan20052808d ago

There will probably be close to 50 million 360's in homes when Fable 3 comes out, far more than when Fable 2 or Gears of War came out.

Will 10% of 360 gamers buy it? Maybe - it could come close.

Mike134nl2808d ago

The quality of a game isn't always reflected in the game sales, good marketing is.

Dance2808d ago

Gears 1 and 2 have sold over 5 million copies worldwide

KILLERAPP2808d ago (Edited 2808d ago )

I know they have sold more than 5 million copies but how many copies has fable 2 sold?

sid4gamerfreak2808d ago

guys stop being so mean, whats wrong with having great ambitions? The higher your goal, the higher you'll try to make ppl want you to buy the game. Give the game a chance, even though 5 million is high, its not impossible.

cayal2808d ago

"There will probably be close to 50 million 360's in homes when Fable 3 comes out, far more than when Fable 2 or Gears of War came out.

Will 10% of 360 gamers buy it? Maybe - it could come close."

Name a sequel that has sold more then the previous one? When you name one, find out how much more it sold, despite having more consoles out there.

Fable 3 will not reach 5 million.

iFLOWLIKEWATER2808d ago

Are you kidding? Gears is guaranteed to sell at least 5 million. That number is the franchises install base, it won't slip under that. Unless Gears 3 does something drastically stupid.

Dark Collosis2808d ago

Call of Duty: Modern warfare 2 = 9.86 million on the 360 only

Call of Duty: Modern warfare 1 = 8.18 million on the 360 only

Difference is 1.68 million

There is always one, but i do agree that its VERY hard to do... Why not set a hard(not impossible) goal??

cayal2807d ago

^ True, though Modern Warfare is insanely popular. Fable...not so much (despite it being a better game IMO).

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What Would Kratos Do2808d ago

If his games delivered half as much as he says they will, then 5 million should be easy.

Fishy Fingers2808d ago

His games never deliver what he says they will.

Bea Arthur2808d ago

haha, that is a good one. But seriously, he should spend less time talking about how great he is and more time refining his product.

PS360_372808d ago

yeah...I had really high hopes for Fable 2, and I thought it was a good game, but for as much as he hypes stuff up you think the game was amazing. Fable 2 definitely wasn't amazing. And he is labeling Fable 3 as action adventure, and it supposed to be huge news...but Fable 2 was pretty much all action adventure as well. I don't see how anyone would consider it an RPG.

Omega42808d ago

Its a 360 exclusive it should easily reach that goal in the 360s life cycle.

Plus with the Natal supports most hardcore gamers who buy it will likely want to try it out in Fable 3.

KILLERAPP2808d ago

What is obsession with selling 5 million copies, the other day Dead Or Alive and Ninja Gaiden creator said the same thing about his new game selling 5 million copies, if you make a good game people will buy it ether 1 million or 5 million is the same people will talk and remember your game…

IdleLeeSiuLung2808d ago

Game development cost is staggering!

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