Would-be Xbox 360 killer app Fable II comes out on October 21, but it’s now emerged that the game will ship without a functional online co-op mode. That’s right, after you make the long, lonely drive back from GameStop that Tuesday, you won’t immediately be able to hop on Xbox Live to play with your friends.
That said, you won’t have to wait very long for online co-op. Lionhead says it should have the mode up and running within a week of the game’s release. The company is merely trying to ensure that the mode works as well as possible when it goes live. For that we should thank Lionhead, but we should also question why, after so many years in development, the game isn’t done yet.