UPDATED 3:35PM: It appears that the game is no longer available. The second page still lists Fable II for free, but when you try to download it, you can't. Not sure what's going on, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.
Some sharp eyed Xbox 360 owners today noticed something rather interesting on the Fable II page of the Xbox Marketplace. The full game, not just the first episode, is available for download…for free...right now.
What’s particularly curious about the free download is that if you go to this Fable II page, the regular Xbox.com page, or the Game Marketplace via your 360, the game is listed for $19.99. However, if you go to this page, the game is listed for free and is able to be added to your download queue.
We’ve contacted Microsoft to find out if this was some kind of promotion for Fable III that had its switched flipped a little early, or if it’s just some amazing glitch, so we’ll let you know when we find out what exactly is going on.
UPDATE: If you try to download the game now, this is what you'll see:
UPDATE: A Microsoft representative sent along this response, which suggests that this whole ordeal was an unfortunate (yet, for some, beneficial) mistake:
"We have seen reports that an Xbox.com page listed Fable II as being free to download. While getting the entire game for 'free' would be (and was for a short time) an amazing deal, it is now available at the intended Xbox Platinum Hits price of $19.99 . A perfect way to warm up the skills for Fable III which launches on October 26!"