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Fez 2 Cancelled

Matt Gardner
Facepalm, Fez 2, Marcus Beer, Phil Fish, Polytron

Fez 2 Cancelled

Phil Fish is a bit like the games industry's Kanye West, or Wiley depending on how you rate his talent. He's a passionate, outspoken individual whose abrasive personality sometimes gets him in hot water.

And now that abrasive personality has announced that he's leaving the games industry and that Fez 2 is cancelled.

Here's the little message that got posted up on Polytron's Twitter feed over the weekend: "It's with a heavy heart that we announce that FEZ II has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment."

That came shortly before what appears to be a personal missive from Fish himself on the Polytron 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.

What does that mean? Well, last week, another abrasive personality (AnnoyedGamer's Marcus Beer) took to GameTrailers to complain about the perceived hypocrisy of Fish and Jonathan Blow not giving out statements when the press come knocking, but then expecting the press to cover their new games.

There was a Twitter exchange. There were many swears. There was some highly unprofessional behaviour from both parties, and it appears that the cumulative abuse Fish has taken over the years (he's dished it out too, mind) has taken its toll.

Fez 2 was originally announced during the Horizon conference last month, but not much was known about the game apart from that Disasterpiece, the composer for the original game, would once again be involved.

Bravo, games industry. In a week where we see death threats for tiny tweaks to an imaginary gun, here's yet another occurrence that shows gaming in such a wonderful, positive light.

Fez 2 Cancelled

Add a comment9 comments
JonLester  Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:59

It's worth noting that one of Fish's comments to Beer - 'look at my life and kill yourself' - was a tongue in cheek Futurama reference, but it's still difficult to laugh at (or, erm, sympathise with in any way).

Still, Fish and Beer. Those two should really get along, and perhaps make a sitcom.

DivideByZero  Jul. 29, 2013 at 12:06


Late  Jul. 29, 2013 at 12:17

Still, Fish and Beer. Those two should really get along, and perhaps make a sitcom.

Fish, Beer, and Blow might have to be after the watershed, though.

Breadster  Jul. 29, 2013 at 14:07

Well this is annoying. I love Fez and was really looking forward to another one. I don't understand how something so deep and intelligent can come from someone so immature.

googleberry  Jul. 29, 2013 at 15:42

in a nutshell:

immature developer behaviour causes immature community response causes immature developer response causes more immature community response.

All in all, another excellent case study in the maturity of the gaming industry today.

RiKx  Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:46
DivideByZero  Jul. 30, 2013 at 12:00

Haha! Yep.

DivideByZero  Jul. 30, 2013 at 13:09


An Open Letter to Phil Fish by Cliff Bleszinski (of EPIC games)

Late  Feb. 10, 2014 at 11:38

Kinda related:
Crap but fairly addictive ios/android/wp game Flappy Birds was pulled from the app store and google play yesterday, apparently because the indie developer was getting abusive messages (including death threats).
Despite claims he was making $50k a day from the game he said he didn't want the stress.
He's now reportedly getting death threats for removing the game.

Just me? If I was making $50k a day from something I wouldn't give a damn about death threats from trolls. Good luck trying to track down which mansion I'm living in this week.


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