One of the more popular indie games to come out over the last few years has been Fez, created by Phil Fish and developed by Polytron. However, in its life Fez has had to deal with multiple issues from Microsoft on the Xbox 360, most notably the fact that Polytron has only recently been able to update the game when Microsoft took off the mandatory fee imposed on developers for every patch they send out. However, things were looking up for Fish and Polytron, when they announced Fez II last month.
Unfortunately for any Fez fans, you’re not going to see the sequel after all. Over the weekend Fish announced on Polytron’s website this:
FEZ II is cancelled.
i am done.
i take the money and i run.
this is as much as i can stomach.
this is isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign.
From what it looks like, it’s a classic case of “I’m taking my ball home with me”. After being criticized by Marcus Beer of GameTrailers for his reaction towards being asked for a comment, Fish proceeded to blow up, raging on Twitter about how he “fucking hate(s) this industry” and telling Beer to compare his life with Fish’s, and to then “kill yourself”. After this incident, Fish tweeted “”im done, FEZ II is canceled. goodbye.” Perhaps Beer was out of line, perhaps not, but if someone like Fish is going to explode every time some criticizes him then maybe it’s a good thing Fez II isn’t getting made.
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