Fez patch may break saves

[UPDATE] Developer Polytron advises against downloading patch, is "floored" issue made it to release; now says Microsoft has pulled update altogether.

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Downloadable puzzle-platformer Fez's patch released today may corrupt saved games, according to developer Polytron's Twitter post and website. The posts advise against downloading the patch unless players already cannot access the game.

Generally you don't want to see "DO NOT DOWNLOAD" in patch notes.

"We're floored that this wasn't found in testing," the website states. The title update was intended to correct several bugs and performance issues that have plagued the game since its launch.

If the patch has already been downloaded, the site advises affected players to delete their system caches as a potential solution. If this does not protect their progress, no other workaround is known.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Polytron posted an update to its website stating Microsoft had pulled the patch from Xbox Live.

"Microsoft has pulled the patch out of LIVE for now, so at least the problem won’t affect new users," reads a line from the statement. "We're trying to find out what happened and fix it as soon as possible. Like, in less than two months. YAY GAME DEVELOPMENT!

To find out more about Fez, read GameSpot's review.

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vylasni
vylasni

In this business, that's an epic fail. Inexcusable. I've had countless updates to games through Xbox live and never an issue. Blame the sloppy dev.

destroyeur
destroyeur

2 months? It should take 1 day, 1 week if they half ass it.

slayerSS-3
slayerSS-3

Funny how this patch was intended to fix saves but instead broke them lol

The-Big-Dirty
The-Big-Dirty

Well I kinda lost my save game already so it doesn't really affect me!.....Radical game though!

blackace
blackace

How did this get by the testers? QA means testing every aspect of the game, including saves. I haven't purchased the game yet, but now I'll wait do to this issue with the saves. The Summer of Arcade games look interesting though. Finally some new IP's. I wish Microsoft would do stuff like this for the 360 portion and not just the Live Arcade area. We should have new IP's like this every year for the 360. It's not like Microsoft doesn't have the money to make it happen. They should buy 38 Studios only hire 1/2 the staff back and have them make some exclusive games. I honestly think the executive who was running the company screwed up the finances. New games from they would help pay off the debts though.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Phil Fish is a douchebag hipster and his game sucks.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

They can't take the patch off of the Xbox Live Marketplace?

sdnoriko
sdnoriko

This isn't the fault of the QA people. I mean, how were they supposed to know that players would go and start loading saved games. I mean, really, who does that?

AxiomVerge
AxiomVerge

Fez is awesome.  Maybe now that Polytron's had some success, they can start their own QA department to doublecheck against Microsoft.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Phil Fish : your game just suck.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Cool quality control MS.

 

Also cool:  console update that kills steering wheel controllers.

 

Can these clowns do nothing right?

david1230
david1230

 @blackace please xbox and microsoft helping a company with money? no way lol your a sheep for thinking that the xbox is trying to help gaming, all it has down was slow down the advancement of gaming.

FFG_Harness
FFG_Harness

 @nurnberg I suggest you watch Indie Game: The Movie before even thinking about criticising him again.

Vodoo
Vodoo

 @maximumbarmage Microsoft doesn't QA indie games. It's up to the developer to make sure their product meets quality standards.

nurnberg
nurnberg

 @FFG_Harness No thank you, I'll be playing good Japanese games instead, and not overated indie crap.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

 @Vodoo Fez was released as a full Live Arcade title not under the indie banner...so yes they do.

hector530
hector530

 @Jebril "good Japanese games" hmm i thought japan stopped making good games at the ps2 era

crablogni
crablogni

 @nurnberg  I'm confused as to why you are linking intelligence with awareness. I assume when you say "bright" you mean intelligent, however the ability to recall a reference, be it to an article or something else, has no causal link to intelligence. For example, someone with a low IQ may have a strong grasp of pop culture references. The two are independent clauses and as such do not influence or predict each other.  Although your aim is clear in regards to the utilization of your allusions to Fish's statements, I am unclear as to why you felt it necessary to take a wide swipe at every other poster on the site. Hmm...

nurnberg
nurnberg

 @Gelugon_baat You people don't get it...  Phil Fish is the douchebag that claimed that all Japanese games suck, while his own game is just an overated piece of garbage hyped by corrupt reviewers.  I thought that people here were bright enough to get my point.

Jebril
Jebril

 @nurnberg I was rooting for you until you said 'good Japanese games', LOL. 

 

This game is bad because of how many bugs there are in it at launch, it's like they didn't bother testing this game. Also they want to give the player a seizure for some reason. I mean that seems like the focus of the game, make the screen go as insane as possible so the player gets a seizure. 

 

Also some of the puzzles are just beyond stupid, why is it required of me to have a phone to scan a barcode to finish the game properly? Just why?

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

 @Unbeliever11 Very true, and I never said it was; just pointing out that it did go through certification unlike indie titles.

Unbeliever11
Unbeliever11

Certification is not a replacement for QA