Fez sold 105K in 48 hours through Steam Sale

Phil Fish reveals first summer sale was "bananers," with game selling more than first full month on Xbox Live Arcade.

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Independent platformer Fez sold 105,000 units in 48 hours during its first Steam Summer Sale--where it was discounted to $5--developer Phil Fish has announced on Twitter.

In a series of tweets, Fish described the results as "bananers" and "f***in' nutso," noting that sales through Steam's annual summertime sale outpaced its original PC and Xbox Live releases by a healthy margin.

"Ok, so our first steam summer sale is over and it was BANANERS," Fish said, adding, "We sold more copies in the first 24 hours of the sale than we had on steam in the first 3 months since release!"

"And over the course of the full 48 hours, we sold more than we had in our first month on XBLA. It's been f***in' NUTSO. Thank you cheap people everywhere!" he concluded.

Fez was originally released in May 2012 for XBLA and has sold more than 200,000 units to date on that platform. A sequel is currently in development, though not for the Xbox.

Discussion

115 comments
ollie_sr
ollie_sr

God forbid a human being's opinions or motives change! None of us have every done that before!

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

For thine is the PC kingdom,
Power,
And glory forever.
Gaben.

edinko
edinko

HE obviously forgot that Pcs are for spreadsheets and that he doesn't care about steam cause the game is ment to be played on the couch on the xbox on saturday

grbolivar
grbolivar

Isn't this the same guy that said he'll never make a game on PC 'cuz PC sucks or something like that? 

lingo56
lingo56

Huh makes more sales on PC more quickly than any other platform. Shows now that PC isn't just for "Spreadsheets", Instead it's for steam sales.

xlord121
xlord121

But that makes no sense. Once it's on pc it just gets pirated and makes 0 sales #sarcasm

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

"Thank you cheap people everywhere!" Fuck you too!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"Fez is a console game, not a PC game. It’s made to be played with a controller, on a couch, on a Saturday morning. To me, that matters; that’s part of the medium. I get so many comments shouting at me that I’m an idiot for not making a PC version. ‘You’d make so much more money! Can’t you see? Meatboy sold more on Steam!’ Good for them. But this matters more to me than sales or revenue. It’s a console game on a console. End of story.”

 -Phil Fish, indie douchebag hypocrite moron extraordinaire

ivan_osorio
ivan_osorio

What? People buy games when they are cheap? NO WAY!

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

Phil, I know you're an 'artist' and all that and I'm willing to put up with a lot because Fez is an amazing game, but don't call me cheap!

Any freshmen in business administration will tell you you missed your price point!  This sale just proved it.  So you're game is cheap, not us!  Everybody was on the fence; weren't sure if the value was there.  You gave them a reason to cave.

This pattern has been seen before.  Just ask the Hitbox team: http://hitboxteam.com/dustforce-sales-figures

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

$5 is still too much for crap like that. I paid only about $1 more for Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs. You know, real games.

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

That is cool. Maybe he won't sound like such an a** about PC in the future if he makes a nice bit of money on it.

komuchen
komuchen

Maybe because the game was buggy as hell on X360 and people were afraid that after paying 10$/euro for PC they will have the same thing? Oh, right, it still have bugs, that's why people were waiting for price drop. I still don't get all the hype from this game though

I have better time with learning new features in Civ 5 because of expansion, Isaac and other games.

jd7904
jd7904

Isn't this the game that was on Indie Game The Movie that didn't show up when it was supposed to and didn't get the promotion it was supposed to? In all honesty Steam is probably a better place for it anyway. I think PC gamers are more open minded towards these types of games.

I've had this thought for a while, but maybe they need to do what they do with books, movies and cds, at least what I have seen here. Launch the game at a 3 day promo price to drive up early adopters and word of mouth, then sell it at regular price.

larongemini
larongemini

It's not being cheap Phil, it's being practical. 

ilantis
ilantis

Is the game still on sale ? Maybe my crappy PC might be able to run it


Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Mostly because PC gamers have money and when you have Steam sales, we buy EVERYTHING.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

remember when Fish said the PC wasn't worth porting too?

still. not going to buy it because he is an asshat.

blackothh
blackothh

just proof that in a digital age, without the overhead of boxes and cds and manuals, lower profit at higher volumes can yield good results. (at least i think the article is making it look like a good thing)

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

I almost brought it but then I saw the witcher 2 for the same price. 

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Consider that there's been a ~year of additional marketing, news, and player hype between the 360 launch and the PC launch.  It only makes sense that it would sell more during a subsequent launch.


(...and it's a fun game, which certainly doesn't hurt.)

telaros
telaros

And yet I still didn't buy his game. There's cheap, and there's not touching a game with a ten-foot virtual pole.

Now you know what your game is worth at least. Because there are still games at 2.49 that offer more fun at better values.

granola_goodnes
granola_goodnes

Got this on the Steam sale myself and I'm really excited to play it!  But first I need to do one more turn on Civ 5...

John_Read
John_Read

"Thank you cheap people everywhere" 

indirectly attacking lol

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@Thanatos2k so if they release it on pc , they will ruins your life??
i don't understand people like you that complain because it released on pc . they made a game to earn money , if they can get more money by releasing for another platform , so why not ? ?

lateralus1
lateralus1

@ivan_osorio  Amazing concept isn't it? Who would of "thunk" it! Now that steam has Big Picture mode and most games that come out have built in native controller support it's pretty sweet. It's too bad that high end gaming GPU's are so spendy on top of all the other costs to build a pc. I have a laptop with a dedicated videocard but it's several years old and can't do modern games.
If I had the money I'd totally get a sweet PC with a nice GPU and hardly ever play my xbox much.

t3hninj4
t3hninj4

@Dissentioncc Fez is actually quite good (hence the 9.0 review scores and popularity.) It's not a AAA game, and it has old-school sensibilities, sure. Taken on its own merits, though, it's a better game than the two you listed.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@komuchenI believe the bugs for the PC version are mainly related to users who are using onboard graphics such as intel 3000/4000 etc. Seems to be working fine for everyone else (those using dedicated graphics cards). I have yet to see any bugs after 3 hours of play. 

AshTrai
AshTrai

@komuchen I never had issues with it on my 360. Infact, i never downloaded a single update for it b4 completing it (214% completion is it?)

Dr_Notes
Dr_Notes

@jd7904 that was super meat boy. FEZ was a focus in the movie, but wasn't released yet when they stopped filming

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

@Grenadeh this is something valve know, hilarious that console makers are still aiming at the toy industry buyers (mums) the proper gamers of yesteryear are all pc gamers these days and have all the money they need for games

dsb333
dsb333

@Crazyguy105  

Perhaps he changed his mind. Rational people tend to do this from time to time.

And why is it that you call him an asshat? Because a lot of people seem to be of the opinion that they really know the guy personally after watching a ninety-minute documentary featuring him.

mrmime777
mrmime777

@Crazyguy105 Sadly, that only means you're missing out on one of the best indie games of the last few years.

AshTrai
AshTrai

@John_Read or it was a sarcastic joke. 

Sigh... some people (particularly americans!) just dont get sarcasm :(

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@acelogan1989 @Thanatos2k How did you take the quote and somehow deduce that I'm complaining it was released on PC?

I'm noting that its developer is a moron asshole who was completely wrong.  Nothing more.

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

@t3hninj4 @Dissentioncc Haha, yeah ok. To people stuck in 1990 maybe. Sorry, I'll take both games I listed over 100 indie games that look like this crap.

komuchen
komuchen

@Xristophoros @komuchen With PC I've read about some framerate issues, and that's all, on xbox it's atrocious with loading times and framerate. 3 hours is not that much, depending on how you play it. There is not that much to figure out

dsb333
dsb333

@Thanatos2k

First of all (and not that I don't believe you), citation needed. I have no idea what the context is on this quote. For all I know, I'd have said the same thing if I had been in his position.

Second, so what if he said that? It's clearly an over-generalization. Besides, a lot of gamers act pretty shitty fairly often. A lot of gamers probably need to hear that more often, not less.

mrmime777
mrmime777

@t3hninj4 @liandrikonflict @mrmime777 @Crazyguy105 

Ha yeah, they're not mutually exclusive. Thankfully I miss the bugs as long as I play at 1080p.


snxx: good point. I fell through Red Dead's world a few times as well.

snxx
snxx

@liandrikonflict @mrmime777 @Crazyguy105 Funny story: finished FEZ on my Xbox 360 without finding any bugs. Now, when I was playing Red Dead Redemption on the same Xbox 360, I got the "go under the world and get stuck" bug within the first 5 hours of gameplay (and got it two more times before completing the game). I got a similar bug on Fable II quite a few times, on the same Xbox 360.

I'm not saying Fez is less or more bugged than Red Dead Redemption or Fable II, I'm just saying that all games have bugs and that I believe FEZ bad reputation about bugs is actually a bit bigger than the reality.

t3hninj4
t3hninj4

@liandrikonflict @mrmime777 @Crazyguy105

Sadly, that only means you're missing out on one of the best indie games of the last few years.

 "missing out on one of the buggiest indie games of the last few years"

It can be two things.