So my guildmates have started a blog and podcast called Joystick Love. I just wrote a little bit about the Phil Fish/FEZ II fiasco. Cross-posted for your pleasure:
So I recently watched Indie Game: The Movie on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it yet, go do so now. It follows Phil Fish of FEZ fame as well as Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, aka Team Meat, the developers of the indie super-hit, Super Meat Boy during the development and release of their respective titles. Again, great movie, I recommend it. It is not, however, the point of this story.
At the exact time that I was watching this movie, this happened. Phil Fish went a little crazy and cancelled FEZ II. I won’t rehash the back story of what exactly happened, because Kotaku already did a fairly good job in this article. Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait.
This whole thing is a damned shame because FEZ was a great experience and I (and many others) were looking forward to seeing what Phil and everyone else at Polytronic might do with an inevitable sequel. People were full of spite and hate in that way which is only possible on the internet. Cliff Bleszinski wrote an open letter to Phil Fish encouraging him to:
…absorb all of that hate into one big fireball of motivation inside of your belly and then pour all of that energy into your work until you can unleash one big giant motherfucking HADOKEN upon the community that wins awards and sells millions and then the haters will truly be eating a giant bushel of dicks as you roll in a pile of money, acclaim, and community love.
I for one agree and hope we can coax Mr Fish back from the precipice before he becomes gaming’s equivalent J. D. Salinger and FEZ his Catcher in the Rye.
Meanwhile in Japan: