Fez II Cancelled
This year at E3, Fez II was announced. There is a really big fanbase for the first Fez, so people were really excited about this. But this past weekend, Fez creator Phil Fish and his studio, Polytron, announced that Fez II was cancelled. Here’s the story of the events leading up to this.
On a recent episode of Invisible Walls on GameTrailers, Marcus Beer, the Annoyed Gamer, went on a little rant about Mr. Fish and other indie dev Jonathan Blow. Dubbing the two of them BlowFish, Beer went on a bit of a rant about the two of them “bitching and moaning” about media people asking their opinions on Microsoft changing the Xbox One’s indie publishing policies. He was a bit harder on Fish, saying that he’s “a fucking asshole most of the time.”
After the episode went up, Fish took to Twitter. He explained that he wasn’t going to comment on the policy change until “actual info” was released and demanded Beer make a formal on-camera apology. This led to the two men arguing over Twitter, with Fish at some point telling Beer to kill himself.
Later, Fish tweeted “I fucking hate this industry,” followed shortly after by, “im done, FEZ II is canceled. goodbye.” He also switched his Twitter to protected, which is why I’m not embedding or linking his Tweets. After Fish made the announcement, the official Polytron account Tweeted the following…
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
— Polytron (@Polytron) July 27, 2013
It may seem a bit dramatic to cancel a game because a guy on the internet was a dick to you, but apparently Fish had been thinking about leaving the industry for a while. After the cancellation was announced, Fish tweeted…
im not cancelling FEZ II because some boorish fuck said something stupid, im doing it to get out of games … and im getting out of games because i choose not to put up with this abuse anymore.
That sentiment was also reiterated in the following, which was posted on the Polytron site…
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.
So… yeah. That happened.