Fez II canceled

Phil Fish confirms upcoming sequel not going to be released; "I am done. I take the money and I run. This is as much as I can stomach," he says.

Fez II has been canceled, developer Phil Fish has announced.

"Fez II is cancelled," reads an update on the Polytron website.

"I am done. I take the money and I run," he added. "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."

On Twitter, Fish said he is getting out of the game industry entirely, "because I choose not to put up with this abuse anymore."

Fez II was announced in early June 2013 at the Horizon Indie Game Conference in Los Angeles. Outside of its existence, not much was known about the game.

The original Fez was released on the Xbox 360 in 2012, after five years of development, and saw a PC release in 2013. Fish's journey to release the game was chronicled in Indie Game: The Movie.

The game has sold 200,000 units on the Xbox 360.

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Just_Tom__
Just_Tom__

He is leaving because he doesn't want to put up with abuse in the games industry? Looking at all these comments from gamers here, I cant say I blame him.

whiteranger23
whiteranger23

While I haven't played Fez, I probably never will due to the fact that I do not want this guy to get one cent of my money. Everything, everything I hear about this guy paints him in a picture where he sounds and acts like a 10 year old. A very whiny little 10 year old who frankly every time I hear something about him just says "Me, me I need attention!" Pass, let's check in on the guy who made Dust: An Elysian Tail 95% by himself. Gee, no whining from him, must be just you

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

I saw that Indie Game movie and he comes off as an asshole but he did have some legal issues with Fez due to a partnership he had with a very early developer that helped him in the beginning but left the game and after he finished the game he came back looking for a share of his money.  I can understand his frustration but what this dude really needs is to be a better programmer and just man up and make a whole new game.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Phil Fish you are a loser bottom line...in this day and age and this is your biggest problem fuck you loser!

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

We'll never know the true story. Not gonna make a rant about why I disagree with him since we don't really know what happened in his experiences in the game industry.

inebriantia
inebriantia

It drives me nuts saying his game was so innovative and unlike anything they've ever played before. He used the same game mechanic as Paper Mario on the Wii. I'm not saying the game is bad, but it wasn't innovative. I enjoyed the game a lot and it was fun. Fish is a jerk though, he has a huge ego, thinks he's above criticism, and just smug. 

Joking or not, you don't insult your customers. That crap he pulled during the Steam sale, where he "thanked the all the cheap people" was a bad move. This is another why using social media sites when you're in a position like him usually leads to trouble. Ask Randy Pitchford and the constant crap he hears on his twitter. He even gets crap just for blocking someone.

anybodykilla15
anybodykilla15

fuck him, it actually sound seems to be a marketing ploy to drive up sales for fez 2. he should stay away from twitter, like anybody needs to know how progress is going or open himself up like that, if he is a sensitive individual. the game industry is much better with his departure, but we all know he will make "triumphant return" and be hailed as brave or whatever.

Russm3083
Russm3083

I'm sorry but depression or being unstable is no excuse for his action's. And never would be abuse is abuse no matter what. Calling gamer's the worst people shows a lack of professionalism. And the little asswipes who are calling people out for mentioning that which I've seen go fuck yourself. I could care less what you think I'm stating a fact if you were in a company and did that publicly you'd be fired. He DESERVED what he got when your in the public eye like that you will have those who like it,those who dislike it and you will always have haters ALWAYS. Whether your just a normal person,or like him a game maker you will have hater's condemning all gamer's and all of those who would by your game shows a childish worthless view not all will treat you that way. I've written stories on sites like DA and others like it before the criticism can be harsh but most of the time if you calm down and examine your work you'll see you likely made some mistakes and some of the criticism is earned some of it of course isn't just ignore those idiot's they'll never be happy. But do not DO NOT insult those who use your product be it a game,story or otherwise they will not deal with that nor should they take it. And thats what's happened here obviously he made a mistake he should of calmed down,learned from it,and grew not just pulled the childish move of "well I'll just quit!" That shows how much a moron he is. I have suffered depression it run's in the family I feel for him I really do but one thing I CANNOT stand is little shit's who use a condition to justify bad treatment of others or bad choices....you weren't forced by it to do that you over reacted in the end YOU still make the choice to act that way no one or nothing else.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I finished Fez today. Great game. Unlike anything I've played before. It genuinely would be a shame if he left game development. The guy's a genius.

People should stop caring about what people say on social media and just focus on the quality of the games. Fuck Twitter and Facebook and everything like them. And I'm no hypocrite because I don't use any of them.

straightcur
straightcur

does anyone care?  and what the hell is fez?  wasn't he on "that 70s show"

UltraredM
UltraredM

Never heard of Fez before in my life, and I am no stranger to indie games. Ironic considering how much of a "Do you know who the fuck I am?" vibe from this dude.

Minja92
Minja92

@UltraredM thats strange that u say you're no stranger to indie games when Fez, along side super meat boy and braid, was featured in a movie called "Indie Games: The Movie"

UltraredM
UltraredM

@Minja92 @UltraredM I know all about Super Meat Boy and Braid. I've spent many, many joyful hours on Super Meat Boy, and I hear Braid is fantastic. Never heard of that movie though.

Minja92
Minja92

@UltraredM @Minja92 lol well check it out, its actually pretty inspirational. or it could be de inspirational for the amount of work and stress it shows.

tgwenz
tgwenz

Win! Mr Beer. That fish smell... gone now. Hope it dont come back 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@tgwenz Beer is a nobody who believes himself the king and protector of all gaming creativity, with cheap teenager troll insults as arguments.

So far his only achievement is getting a game canceled, yeah, that's quite the achievement. He is no better than Fish.

winshot
winshot

So finally the trolls F**CKED Mr.Fish .....  Hand internet to a bully and see what happened ... Fish got Tweet-Frakked...

winshot
winshot

Damn I really was excited about Fez 2 .... Mr.Fish Please do come back...

wavelength121
wavelength121

Good for him. More power to you, Phil. Gamers are some of the most obnoxious, loud-mouthed, self-entitled ass-hats on the planet, and I respect you for getting in their faces instead of bending over and taking it. More developers should do this. It's hilarious watching uppity players proclaim they are going to boycott this and that to make a statement, as though their stupid hobby is so special or has any merit on the greater scheme of things. And yes, Japanese games do kind of suck, and Phil's sharp response was hilarious. Maybe go ask a Japanese dev for his opinion if you want something clear and thought out kid, lol.

Godspeed in whatever you do next as you are clearly talented. Haters gonna hate, exactly the reason I stick to SP and avoid MP altogether.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@wavelength121"Gamers are some of the most obnoxious, loud-mouthed, self-entitled ass-hats on the planet"

Did you noticed you made yourself an example of that just by saying it?

blkgto
blkgto

@Warlord_Irochi @wavelength121  

No, he really didn't.  He is right, and it just so happens when you give obnoxious, loud-mouthed, self-entitled ass-hats some anonymity to hide behind, they go from being ass-hats to all out cocksuckers.