Phil Fish Rage Quits; Cancels Fez 2
Phil Fish is sick of the video game industry.
So, about a month ago at E3, Phil Fish announced the sequel to his indie darling success Fez. It seems that the announcement was premature, if not entirely pointless. Why, you might ask? Because all it took was one “games journalist” to get the game canceled.
Last week during a panel on GameTrailers.com, Marcus Beer called out Fish and colleague Jonathan Blow over their comments or lack thereof regarding Microsoft’s newest publishing regulations. The gist of his argument was that the two developers, whom he referred to as Blowfish, were only willing to discuss matters that gave them publicity in a positive light.
Fish and Blow have both been extremely critical of Microsoft and their handling of indie developers in the past. Recently Microsoft announced that it will be allowing a form of independent hands-free publishing on the Xbox One. He went on to say that the pair had declined to comment at all to what most people would consider a reasonable request for comment because they considered themselves to be “self-styled kings of the indie genre.”
Fish quickly took to Twitter and made several unfortunate comments and personal attacks directed at Beer, including telling Beer to commit suicide. Beer was seemingly unfazed, and came back at Fish with more snarky comments. Fish then proceeded to blow up, going on a tirade about how much he hates this industry. He then followed it up by announcing that he was canceling Fez 2 and leaving the industry. This was followed up by an official Tweet from the official account of Polytron, Fish’s studio, confirming the cancellation.
Fish is known for being very sensitive and having a somewhat impulsive personality. The original Fez was hampered with issues that were not just technical but also indecisiveness concerning direction. A rift formed between him and his original partner, delaying the game for a matter of years. But this time, Fish seems tired of the abuse and desiring to move on.
So the real question is, who’s in the wrong here? Is it Beer for being so aggressive and inflammatory? Is Fish being a drama queen? Who is the real victim here? Is it us? Let us know in the comments below.