Phil Fish cancels FEZ II, pouts, gathers up his toys and leaves
Fez creator Phil Fish has confirmed the cancellation with [Polygon] via email, saying "Yep. Im done." No details have been given as to why the game is canceled.
Shortly before the announcement, an argument between Fish and writer Marcus Beer broke out on Twitter in response to Beers comments during a recent episode of GameTrailers Invisible Walls. During the episode, Beer touched on the medias recent efforts to reach out to indie developers during the Xbox Ones reversal on indie self-publishing — particularly Jonathan Blow and Fish, who "decided to go bananas and bitch and moan" about press questions.
"Gents," Beer said. "You were the guys who did Indie Game: the Movie. And some of you looked relatively normal in it, one of you looked like a total tosspot in it. But you cant have it both ways. Youre successful game designers — youre indie game designers — hurrah, good for you, you fucking hipsters."
Fish responded harshly in turn, later tweeting "I fucking hate this industry" for the negativity and criticism its brought. The back and forth ended with Fish tweeting, "Im done. Fez 2 is canceled. Goodbye." The announcement went up on Polytron soon after; Fishs account is also now private.
Fez 2 was announced at the Horizon indie press conference at E3 2013. No details were released about the game.
Update: The following message has since been posted on Polytron:
"Fez 2 is cancelled. I am done. I take the money and I run. This is as much as I can stomach. This isnt the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. You win."