Fez II Cancellation

Fez II Cancellation

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Added Jul 31, 2013 at 02:34PM EDT by Don.

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Fez II Cancellation refers to the abandonment of the game Fez II by game developer Phil Fish following a public argument on the microblogging and social networking site Twitter in July of 2013.


On July 26th, 2013, Marcus Beer appeared in an episode of the web show Invisible Walls in which he criticized game developers Phil Fish and Jon Blow for refusing to respond to the gaming magazine Game Informer about rumors that the Xbox One will allow indie developers to self-publish (shown below).

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Twitter Feud

On the following day, Fish retaliated against Beer on Twitter for the remarks he made on Invisible Walls and even urged him to commit suicide.

Fish also claimed that he had refused to answer questions about indie publishing on the Xbox One because he was waiting for "actual news to come out" before commenting on the rumors.

That day, "Phil Fish" became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, with over 9,100 mentions at its peak according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy.[9]

10000 ■Mentions of phil fish 9142 mentions (Jul 27 4:19pm) 8000 Top story: This industry could use MORE unique talent like Phil Fish. 8000 4000 2000 Jul 24 Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 28 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 29 Jul 30


After posting the barrage of tweets directed at Beer, Fish tweeted that he was cancelling the game Fez II and subsequently posted the announcement on the Polytron Corporation[1] website.

The same day, Fish posted a follow-up tweet revealing that he was cancelling Fez II in order to retire from the video game industry.

Blog Coverage

In the coming days, several gaming blogs and news sites reported on the Twitter feud and game cancellation, including Kotaku,[2] Yahoo,[3] CNET,[4] Forbes,[5] Game Skinny,[6] Games Radar[8] and Destructoid.[7]

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It is about a game that it was hyped during half a decade, it was delayed several times and finally the game wasn't so impressible (in fact, it is so-so), and worst, it was a product with some nasty bugs.

Fez is Dukem Nukem Forever of the Indie Community.


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