I wasn't going to do a story on this because it doesn't deserve one... heck, Fez 2 doesn't deserve this but it's out of the hands of gamers. In the most simplest way possible... Fez 2 has been canceled after a Twitter meltdown by the developer, Phil Fish.
The news comes shortly on the heels of Fish announcing that he would finally fix the original Fez on the Xbox 360, after a game-breaking bug was discovered. So why is Fez 2 canceled? Because of Marcus Beer and the comments he made on Invisible Walls. You can view it below at the 1:30 mark.
After Fish watched the episode and confronted Marcus Beer about his comments, things broke down and broke down fast. You can see Fish's side of his Twitter meltdown that led to Fez 2 being canceled by clicking on this image right here. That whole comment telling Marcus to "kill himself" was just... wow.
Fish then proceeded to block public access to his Twitter and used the official Polytron Twitter account – the development studio's name behind the well-received Fez and now post-mortem Fez 2 – to post the following message to the public:
Many people were curious what the exact reasons were for the canceling of the game, but the Twitter meltdown was the reason. That's it. However, for a slightly more clear clarification, Fish posted the following on the official website, as spotted by Side Mission...
FEZ II is cancelled.
Seriously the guy comes across as whiny and selfish, and I'm being extremely nice.
For those of you who don't remember, Fish is the same chap who said “gamers were the worst people” and had this to say about the Japanese gaming business...
Of course, from one prima-donna to the next, Cliffy B couldn't let the spotlighted opportunity pass him by without jumping into the fray and sharing his infinite wisdom on the matter, with Game Skinny reporting that Cliffy B stated that...
“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.”
No it doesn't need more “unique” talent like Phil Fish. The guy is a headache. The industry needs more talent like Markus "Notch" Persson or Brian Fargo or Kim Haar Jørgensen. We need more Phil Fish's like we need more fish AI in Call of Duty.
Personally, I hope Fish never comes back to gaming and that his title is forgotten in time and left out of the history books of video game culture.
Someone who feels opinionated enough to completely verbally abuse his fanbase, talk down to the people who buys his games, belittles his competition, rage-melts at the speed of 140 self-absorbed characters per Tweet and feels as if he's untouchable by critics and criticism alike, needs to stay as far away from this industry as possible.
Phil Fish gone from gaming? I say good riddance. Let his name, fame and game fade in time like an insignificant whisper in the wind. You will not be remembered or remembered well, Phil Fish.