Fez II cancellation surprised producer

Polytron's Marie-Christine Bourdua says she was caught off guard by cancellation, has since made peace with Phil Fish's decision.

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This weekend's cancellation of Fez II was a surprise to Polytron producer Marie-Christine Bourdua, she told Joystiq in a new interview.

"But it's OK," Bourdua said. "It was weird and special to learn it that way, but I respect and trust [Fez creator Phil Fish] a lot, so that's totally fair that he decided that and he has his reasons."

Fish announced the game's cancellation on Saturday evening. He said, "I am done. I take the money and I run," adding that he is leaving game development entirely.

Since the game's cancellation, Bourda said Polytron has received numerous positive messages of "love" from fans. She said she has since made peace with the decision.

With Fez II no longer in the works, Polytron will focus its development efforts on bringing the original Fez to Linux and Mac, Bourda said. She teased that, "there's other stuff on the way, too," noting Polytron is "working with Sony."

Discussion

98 comments
666TRYME666
666TRYME666

He has been struggling with many setbacks that go back before Fez was even released. It appears no one can empathize with an individual who has gone through as much as Phil Fish has. I mean, this man has gone through some serious shit and I'm surprised he didn't lose it years ago. 

~Fez fan 

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

The moral of the story is don't dish what you can't take

negativeions
negativeions

What a baby. Aww, people were talking shit on social media. Grow up!! Here's a really cool thing you can do.. IGNORE THEM! Wow, what a revelation! Jesus Christ. You're supposed to laugh it off, tell them to fuck off if you're up for it and continue doing what you love.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

Phil Fish is an ass hat. I'm glad he is gone.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

sure eastenders isn't over yet (shame).

Prithwiraj
Prithwiraj

The gaming community has always been very vocal and very opinionated. We've always had a  love-hate relationship we've had with devs and publishers, its been like that since the dawn of the internet. An opinion is like an a$$hole, everyone has it. Fish was vocal about his opinions, and the community was about its. If you can't take it, don't dish it out. Slander, abuse and flame wars a part of this culture, for the better or worse, nothing we can do about it. 

There always be someone on the forums who makes things personal with threats and slander. 

Its like the paparazzi in the film industry. Actors bitch and moan about it, but they knew exactly what they were getting into when they decided to be an actor. If they weren't strong enough to handle it, they should have stayed out.. Unfortunately, there always will be that type of people to coast on your fame or get kicks out of insulting you... Sad, but true....

d3nR
d3nR

The pole up fish's ass has a pole up it's ass.

wickedsc300
wickedsc300

Beer>Fish.  I know I won't give Polytron any more money after the comments Fish made on twitter and I hope their next games bomb.

hateyourface
hateyourface

That's what happens with you get into business with a child. Oh hell, even children have a better understanding of commitment than Fishface.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

I don't know Phil Fish personally nor have I played FEZ but here goes:

I personally could not defend this man. This is NOT a victim of Internet bullying. He has insulted critics and even his own fans. It's his prerogitive if he does not like Japanese games. He probably should have said it a better way. But a person who insults or harass those around them will not garner any respect from them. Some people will ignore you. Some people will only put up with you if it's business related. Some will call you out on it. Some will just harass you right back. It looks like the latter group got to Fish. He could not take what he was dishing out to others.

I've been on both ends real life bullying (I'm not very proud of it. I've made amends with whoever would allow me). I've known good people that get the living daylights harassed out of them. Fish is not a victim.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

This producer is handling this very well. Unlike Fish..

soulless4now
soulless4now

I still can't get over the fact that he cancelled a game over something silly. What is he? Six? -___- 

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

To everyone mocking the guy...  :

Do you know him personnaly? 

Yeah, I thought so.

shadowkratos774
shadowkratos774

I'll just give my 2 cents: I'm not saying that there aren't a lot of shitheads on the internet, and hell I'll just ignore all the things Fish said and did just to make my argument.

He is not the only person who gets criticized, if everyone who was ever made fun of on the internet quit their job there would be no more industries. All Beer said was that he can't go to twitter and cry about everything... so he went to twitter to cry, cancel a game, and leave the industry.

As far as I'm concerned he is far from being a victim. 

zeroking420_666
zeroking420_666

Phil such a cry baby please don't ever come back to making video games unless you come back more grown up because if not than all that will is going to lead is more people make fun of you Phil

frylock1987
frylock1987

"I'm surprised my Boss was a cry baby and quit his job because people on the internet made fun of him...."

Deugar
Deugar

How sad...

Having read this, I can't help but sense a disturbing level of undeserved entitlement. Mind you, I'm talking about the comment section, as opposed to the article itself.

There's an expression which seems especially relevant in this context.

"The straw that broke the camel's back".

I'm sure the camel didn't break its back solely because of that single straw. In fact, it seems reasonable that the camel had to carry so much on its back, that finally the inclusion of the straw exceeded what, at most, the camel could hope to carry.

I suppose, having worked long hours everyday of every week for many years, Phil Fish was much like this camel. One day he just couldn't take the weight of it all anymore. And it probably wasn't a Marcus-Beer-shaped straw that broke his back, but even that tiny straw contributed. Yet for some reason, it's only the straw that people seem to remember.

"Food for thought", I suppose...

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

This guy is the ultimate shit eating scum bag I've seen in awhile. Stay away from gaming fish.

Tadgerot
Tadgerot

I still cannot beleive Fishy suffers from nerd rage, he seemed like such a stable chap on Indie Game the movie.

He will, in time, regret his actions when he has calmed down. It's going to be twice as hard too gain any respect if he does come back, which he will. That money won't last him for ever and I can't really see him going out and getting a 9 to 5.

blueleon70
blueleon70

I'd give my worst enemies even a shred of respect.

Insulting and judging someone that you don't know at all is just terrible.


blueleon70
blueleon70

Stop kicking a man who's already down. Phil Fish is a person like everyone else, and shouldn't have to capitulate to a bunch of seething nerds.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Buy the trademarks of Fez from that jerk and continue developing the game, he'll surely sell it for a couple joints.

nurnberg
nurnberg

"We didn't think that Phil Fish was such a drama queen manchild.  Sure, we knew he was a hipster douchebag, but not to the point of cancelling a game over a twitter flame war like a 10-year old crybaby.  We are really disappointed"  

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

That's what happens when your boss is a diva who's willing to bring the whole company down in a temper tantrum.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@wickedsc300 And since Fish is no longer a part of Polytron, why don't you continue to hate on them and wish for their death.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@soulless4now Established, large companies have canceled games for worse reasons. Those reasons might not seem silly, but they're bad either way. That doesn't make Fish's cancellation any more justifiable, but it's nothing unusual that a game gets cancelled for bad reasons.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@fredyellowone We have seen the way he treats his fans and how he insults critics who have anything bad to say about his game. The guy is a jerk and the gaming industry is better without him.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@fredyellowone It's hard to emphasizes with some successful arrogant prick, bitching is life work away. specially when there are so much unemployment around.

powerdesignkid
powerdesignkid

@fredyellowone I have met him before. He was a condescending prick in the times that I talked to him (friend of a friend). This was before he was famous, mind you, so I can only imagine that his personality improved with fame.

Dumper1
Dumper1

@b74kd3th With typical comments from people like you he'll be glad to stay away.

frylock1987
frylock1987

@blueleon70 

 "Insulting and judging someone that you don't know at all is just terrible"

Maybe he should have thought of that when he insulted and judged and slandered Japanese Game Developers then?

grbolivar
grbolivar

@blueleon70 He was a selfish jerk and deserves all the hate. What about the fans waiting for the game? what about those producers and programmers that put their trust on him for this project? Everything went down just because of a childish tantrum? 

This is a hard industry, he should had felt grateful his game was a success, there are hundreds Indies devs trying to make something good that really deserve that success, so Fish can just f*ck himself and disappear.. 

frylock1987
frylock1987

@Dumper1 @b74kd3th  

Good, less shitty 2d games, that don't get patched, making it unplayable that we'll be charged 20 bucks for.

derceto
derceto

@DarkSaber2k @blueleon70 lol for a moment I had to think whether he was talking about Fish, or about the hating comments from people about Fish.

blueleon70
blueleon70

@DarkSaber2k @blueleon70 I didn't think he acted THAT bad. Infact, a lot of people seem to be blowing it out of proportion, and Phil reacted accordingly.

He spent years on Fez so in spite of all his "wrongdoings" , he doesn't deserve this amount of backlash.

blueleon70
blueleon70

@grbolivar I genuinely sense that Phil is suffering. This is probably the best action for his own sake.

In a couple of weeks, months, or even years, he'll reemerge as a new man.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@blueleon70 @DarkSaber2k Who cares about how much time he spent on Fez?  People judge him by his words and actions, and each and every one of them say "I'm an asshole douchebag."