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.
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.