Phil Fish explodes, cancels Fez 2

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Fez was a fun game when it was launched last year, minus that uh, game-breaking save issue. Still, Polytron and its founder, Phil Fish had a hit on their hands, opening the doors for a sequel to be produced. And now, those doors have been closed.

Thanks to a heated debate over Fish from Gametrailer’s Marcus “Annoyed Gamer” Beer on Invisible Walls, Fish has cancelled development on the sequel. Beer started the flaming first, going into a three minute tirade about Fish and fellow indie developer Jonathan Bow, calling them the “self-styled kings of the indie genre”.

According to Beer, his main gripe is that Fish and Blow, or “BlowFish”, are more than willing to use favourable internet PR when it suits them, but asking them for opinions on anything else would result in the duo being dead quiet.

Here’s a few more of Beer’s gems which stem from Fish being unwilling to comment on the new Xbox One policy of independent publishing, in case you don’t have the audio right now to hear the original:

Gents, you are the guys who did Indie game the movie, and some of you looked relatively normal in it, and one of you looked like a total tosspot in it. But you can’t have it both ways. You’re successful game designers. You’re indie game designers. Hoorah, good for you, you fucking hipsters. So let’s get something out of the way. If you are successful and you want people to promote your games and you go to the press and give them quotes and anything that pertains to you selling your next title, when the press come to you and say ‘oh this is something that is pertinent to the indie scene. Let’s talk to BlowFish because BlowFish is successful and Blowfish are these kind of pioneers. Don’t get fucking snicky about it.

Have you seen these wankers bitch and moan—Phil Fish in particular.

Whiny? He’s a fucking asshole most of the time.

I would like to say to every outlet who got dismissed by BlowFish, fuck ’em. That’s it.

At which point, Fish got angry, and was just shy of one pair of purple pants as he Hulked out and ranted back, demanding that Beer offer an on-camera apology. As for that dismissal about the Xbox One indie development policy, Fish said on Twitter that he had yet to comment because he was “waiting for actual info to drop before commenting.”

Fish then told Beer to compare his life with Fish’s, and the “kill yourself”. “I fucking hate this industry,” Fish tweeted, saying that constant criticism had forced him into thinking about quitting the gaming scene. And then later on, Fish tweeted the following:

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So what’s happening here? Is Beer being an unreasonable prick with a chip on his shoulder? Is Fish overreacting on a scale that can only be described as nuclear? Well actually, both. Sure, Fish and other devs only like it when the press is positive towards them? Well you know what? So does the rest of the gaming industry.

That a Gametrailers representative can accuse two developers of being biased with press coverage, while that website regularly shows off advertising for other games in order to get exclusives, is beyond ironic. Hell, if irony was chocolate, we’d all have type two diabetes right now.

It’s also an unspoken fact about the industry, and while it’s sad that this is an actual truth, that’s the way it is right now. Frankly, Beer should be disgusted with himself. And I’m still ashamed that this is something that everyone has to deal with on a daily basis.

But as for Fish, this is a guy who has no idea how to take criticism, there’s one very simple rule about the internet, that everyone has to know: Don’t read the f***ing comments. That’s something that’ll destroy your soul, no matter how good your game is. Because the internet is an asshole that way.

And if you happen to be the kind of guy who can’t take criticism of any kind, that should apply double for you. I don’t feel bad for Fish whatsoever. I feel for his Polytron employees, as they’re the ones who will suffer in the end.

An official update has been 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.

you win.

Last Updated: July 29, 2013

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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