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Twitter Blowup Leads to Sudden Cancellation of Fez II

 

 

Polytron, the studio behind the indie hit Fez, announced over its official Twitter that development on Fez II has been canceled. It appears to be related to a very heated Twitter argument between Polytron founder Phil Fish and an Internet personality who sharply criticized him today.

Marcus Beer, who editorializes under the "Annoyed Gamer" brand on GameTrailers, tore into Fish on that site's most recent "Invisible Walls" panel discussion. Beer's complaint with Fish centered, in his view, around Fish's unwillingness to comment on Microsoft's newest policies regarding independent development on Xbox One.

Beer, in a three minute rant at the beginning of this broadcast, called Fish and indie developer Jonathan Blow "self-styled kings of the indie genre," and said the pair—whom he called "Blowfish"—were "bitching and moaning" about a reasonable media request for their reaction to a significant industry development. Beer in essence accused them of seeking publicity when it presented them in a favorable light but dismissing the press if it didn't serve their promotional needs.

"Don't get fucking snicky about it," Beer said. "Me, I think the both of you are a pair of tosspots."

He went further:

"Have you seen these wankers bitch and moan—Phil Fish in particular," Beer said. When a panelist offered that Fish seemed "whiny," Beer interrupted, "Whiny? He's a fucking asshole most of the time."

Early this afternoon over Twitter, Fish raged at Beer, demanding an on-camera apology and explaining that the reason he gave no comment on indie publishing on Xbox One is because he was "waiting for actual info to drop before commenting."

As the argument progressed, Fish at one point told Beer to compare his life with Fish's and then "kill yourself," a Tweet since deleted, but referenced by Beer in this reply.

"I fucking hate this industry," Fish later Tweeted, saying the ugliness of facing nonstop criticism and nastiness had caused him to think repeatedly, about leaving the business for good.

Finally, an hour ago, Fish tweeted "im done, FEZ II is canceled. goodbye." Fish then set his Twitter account to a protected status, locking out any who weren't previously following him. Polytron repeated the same statement moments later.

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Fez was released last spring on Xbox 360 after more than five years in development. It was widely acclaimed by reviewers upon release. Fish and his work in progress were featured prominently in the 2012 documentary Indie Game: The Movie, to which Beer referred in his video rant.

Kotaku reached out to Fish to inquire if he was serious about the cancellation of Fez II. "yup. it's just not worth it anymore." He replied.

 


 

Fez II, announced last month, was in development for PC but not for Xbox consoles; Fish alluded to unhappy experiences with Microsoft over the publishing and patching of Fez as a reason why.

Kotaku has reached out to Marcus Beer for his reaction to this situation as well. Any comment he provides will be updated here.
http://kotaku.com/twitter-blowup-leads-to-sudden-cancellation-of-fez-ii-934548588

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You are wrong still, Nikko. He's the Queen of Drama.

Carl is a Piplup hater and deserves to be punished eternally.

I don't know why, but I think that two weeks from now FEZ 2 will come back again, and Phil will reopen his twitter account.



My God I really dislike some of these immature, annoying indie developers. Cancelling a game because he got offended is probably the most absurd things I've heard in weeks (but much like the drama queens on Facebook that unfriend you every time you offend them and then friend you back in the next couple of day, I have a feeling he won't really cancel the game).



marcus beer is a fucking idiot too, he started the insults .

this industry is pathetic specialy the " gaming journalists ".



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Lol what an attention whore. Nobody cares if your dumb ass game is cancelled. God this guy makes 1 decent game and he thinks he's the best developer in the world and that everyone should bow down to him

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yo_john117 said:

My God I really dislike some of these immature, annoying indie developers. Cancelling a game because he got offended is probably the most absurd things I've heard in weeks (but much like the drama queens on Facebook that unfriend you every time you offend them and then friend you back in the next couple of day, I have a feeling he won't really cancel the game).


He surely is immature, and he surely is annoying, and he surely has made some controversial comments in the past (just for attention). But, and I'm not defending him, when you're being mocked and insulted 24 hours a day since your first game, I do think that can push you to the edge sometimes.



Throwing all that effort away because of some guy on a shithole like Gametrailers?
Ok.

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Phil Fish, as emotionally stable as a 13 years old girl =p

More seriously, he does act like an asshole most of the time, and his and johnathan blow's tweets are really giving a bad impression about indie scene.

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I was wondering what was going to happen when I seen this on IW, you can't call a whinny person whinny and not expect a tantrum.