Fez has always been on the news for one reason or another but someone who has been making it to the news even more is Phil Fish the creator of Fez.
Initially it was the tantrum with Microsoft’s game updating charges that brought him to the limelight when he would accuse Microsoft for curbing indie developers, but that got cleared recently when the charges were waived off by Microsoft and Phil Fish announced the patches to Fez were on their way.
That was not it. Soon after, the developer has had a meltdown over Twitter while confronting Marcus Beer for his comments made on Invisible Walls.
Once the debate got heated over Twitter things got bad for Fish with other fans accusing and abusing him in a multiple of ways, and here’s what Phil Fish had to say to them. In there he goes as far as telling Marcus (@AnnoyedGamer) to “compare your life to mine and then kill yourself” and gave another example of pure ignorance by tweeting: “today’s beeve is brought to you by some inconsequential limey fuck” obviously referring to Marcus Beer.
Finally realizing how Twitter is a public platform, Phil Fish blocked public access to his profile restraining himself to the official page of the development studio behind Fez i.e. Polytron Corporation (@Polytron).
The Polytron account is where he broke the news: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that FEZ 2 has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment.”
According to a post on Polytron’s website Phil Fish has also quit the game development industry:
FEZ II is cancelled.
I am done.
I take the money and I run.
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.
I’m getting out of games because I choose not to put up with this abuse anymore.
No wonder people are calling him whiny and abusive. Of course things got heated but he was in a position that called for sensibility as well. For instance, former head of EPIC Cliff Bleszinski who believes:
If I bled out of my eyeballs for years to make Fez (lawsuits and all) and were publicly attacked I’d be a bit defensive and sensitive too.
Then again, the percentage of his critics is fairly larger than his supporters – too much of a negative publicity. Needless to say, he isn’t coming back.