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Fez 2 cancelled

Development of Fez 2 has ceased, according to creator Phil Fish, who has indicated that he plans to quit the games business for good after growing disillusioned with certain sections of the industry. The announcement was made over the weekend in an update posted on development studio Polytron Corporation’s Twitter account.

Shortly afterwards, Fish wrote on Polytron’s website: “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. you win.”

Over the weekend Fish set his personal Twitter account to a protected status, barring non-followers from viewing his tweets. "I fucking hate this industry," he said in a post viewed by Kotaku, explaining that persistent personal criticism had led him to consider quitting the business for good on multiple occasions.

Fez 2 was originally announced last month via a brief teaser during June’s Horizon conference. Other than the fact that Fez composer Disasterpiece was due to be involved in production and that the game was unlikely to appear on Xbox platforms, Polytron had offered no further details on the sequel to last year’s well-received puzzle-platformer.

48 comments

  • Fireninjastar - July 31, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    Am I the only one who barely knows or cares about phil? When I watched his segment of Indie Game the Movie, I quickly became bored,
  • Dadyo238 - July 30, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    I really want to be pissed at Phil Fish, but dude has a pretty sad life, so I can't blame him.
  • winner2 - July 30, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Yeah get out of here you little punk-ass bitch
  • db1331 - July 30, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll quit life too.
  • mafyooz - July 30, 2013 2:46 a.m.

    Like a lot of kids in the 80s, I tried programming a few games in my bedroom (I wasn't very good at it and neither were the games if I'm honest!) , so I've generally got a lot of respect for indie developers who do manage to make a go of it, but in every interview I've seen or read with Phil Fish he comes across like he's STILL a petulant 10 year old, stamping his feet in his bedroom because he's not getting his own way.
  • CitizenWolfie - July 30, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    I don't know the full extent of what happened but it does show that some people take Twitter FAR too seriously. I run the Twitter page for my place of work and the other day some guy had a complete hissy fit at me (in real life I might add) because I [the business] don't follow him back or reply or retweet his tedious tweets. Fucking loser. But to cancel an entire project on what I gather was a pretty beloved game purely because of Twitter idiots is really sad.
  • g1rldraco7 - July 29, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    Not surprised, but shocked that the sequel was canceled. people are too sensitive these days.
  • Jennero_Rossi - July 29, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    Sounds like someone can't take the Internet. If you can't take criticisms of your work then get the hell out. Let the other developers who don't cry take the money from you.
  • RonnyLive19881 - July 29, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Good riddance, after hearing why the creator didn't put Fez on the Wii U I was to disgusted to even play the first one...
  • Darkhawk - July 29, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    It's tough to make claims of being an Internet Bully when YOU'RE THE BULLY. Seriously, though, Fish is a dick. Good game though.
  • Child Of Death - July 29, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    What a self righteous douche. Nobody will miss him.
  • Redeater - July 29, 2013 11 a.m.

    A clear case of a man who could dish it out but couldn't take it. I know the "kill yourself" comment has been mentioned so I won't go into that but has anyone else read any of the reprehensible comments he made daily on Twitter? His argument with Kevin Dent was literally one of the worst things I have ever seen an adult take part in. So much fucking immaturity. Regardless, the game industry is a less poisonous place with him "retiring". What I really want to know is if the 360 version of Fez finally got the patch it needed before he quit. Fish quitting and not fixing Fez right when it became free to patch on the 360 would be such a Fish thing to do.
  • slimjim441 - July 29, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Does this mean that Fez is never getting ported to PSN or Mac? I hate Phil Fish.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 29, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    I really dislike this guy.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 29, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    It's a case of extreme immaturity all around. Fish needs to get his ego in check...you can't kick a hornet's nest and then blame the hornets when you get stung. And Fish is really, really good at kicking hornet's nests. That said, he's not the only one at fault. Your average shrieking banshee that provides that kind of 'feedback' to game devs seem completely incapable of using words to express themselves, and take their personal crusades [or in some cases, 'competitive gaming'] juuuuuuuust a little too seriously. Just a touch. Maybe a little more than a hair. Case in point, the CoD developers [I have no love for the series, the publisher, or the fanbase, but the devs are cool guys] getting death threats over changing the fire rate of a single gun to address a balance issue? And that's what gaming culture's becoming. That target audience...kids that were raised by their xboxes and never learned manners or how to cope with testosterone, and the man-children that never grew out of being that kid...aren't poisoning the well, because they are the well now. For the first time since middle school in the early '90s, when being a gamer meant you were lower in the pecking order than the A/V club guys and the admission of such was an instant cause for bullying, I'm ashamed to call myself a gamer. I spent my youth living down one stereotype, and amazingly the new stereotype is *worse*.
  • Rhymenocerous - July 29, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    Don't worry, that new stereotype you mention is only the minority; a new "sub-type," sort of like a mutated cell, stemmed from the usual, larger, more classical stereotype to which you refer to, in the times when we were at school.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 29, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    If we're still the majority, then we're way too quiet about it...and not spending enough money to get the devs to notice and cater to us. I've been a member of some great communities [the guys that bother to post on the Forza forums], but by and large I won't go anywhere near the games that pride themselves on random-match hyper-competitive multiplayer [Halo, CoD, LoL, etc]. There's something about no-consequences [oh, I got kicked? Big deal, there's 100,000 other lobbies out there], never-gonna-see-this-guy-again winning-is-everything multiplayer that brings out the worst of the worst in people. Without consequences in-game, without consequences out of game, and without parents caring [where appropriate], gaming etiquette is getting to be mutually exclusive with competitive gaming. :(
  • BladedFalcon - July 29, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Fun fact, majorities are often silent, at least when it comes to go out of their way to voice their opinion. You only see them act, as in, when it comes to voting or buying stuff. But otherwise, the people you see posting on the internet, making blogs, or protesting? they are ALWAYS minorities in comparison to the people that stay silent.
  • BladedFalcon - July 29, 2013 11 a.m.

    I agree that the way a lot of gamers behave is beyond idiotic and immature, And I also heavily dislike being associate with those kinds of twats that take everything into hyperboles. THAT being said, Fish's situation? I'd say that's entirely his own fault. Yes, people in the nets tend to be assholes, but an indie developer like Fish who's only really known for one game? he's not high profile enough to attract the unjustified venom that people like the CoD developers you mentioned, or say, someone like Don Mattrick would. If Fish had expressed his opinions in a more civil, neutral way, I bet you no one would have had any problem with him. Heck, FEZ was largely acclaimed by people in general, so there wasn't any reason for even douches to pay particular attention to him. But no, Phil Fish had to open his mouth wide and big and spout things in ways that were BEGGING for people to react badly to. It was so bad that by the time FEZ finally launched, you already had a good bunch of people saying they wouldn't buy FEZ no matter how good it was, because of Fish's behavior. And it just kept getting worse and worse and worse. So on Fish's particular case? All the venom he got was pretty much all his own doing. Mind, i'm not saying that all the hate and venom he got was warranted, but that he got it in the first place only happened because HE provoked it.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 29, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    And I'm not going to disagree with that extremely funny rant. I wasn't saying he didn't deserve backlash [if you in effect say 'come at me, bro', then you don't get to cry victim when someone splits your lip open], but nobody deserves the kind of disgusting bile spewed by the guys that embrace the GIFT (Greater Internet ****wad Theory) rather than be self-conscious of falling prey to it.

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