Fez 2 Won’t be Coming to Xbox
Though only recently announced at E3, the upcoming sequel to the hit game Fez has been confirmed by developer Phil Fish that it will not be coming to the Xbox. This comes after some controversial and difficult issues that took the game, originally released for XBLA, that soured Fish, and the software company Polytron Corporation, on working with Microsoft again. As the story goes, a patch was released for the game that corrupted save files and forced players to start over. Though the patch was eventually pulled, it was re-released without changes, when Microsoft told them they would have to re-certify, which would’ve been costly to Polytron, and ran the risk of more un-anticipated bugs. As Fish stated, “the game would have been fixed two weeks after release, at no cost to us.” When asked about what systems Fez 2 will be released on, Fish’s response was “not Xbox.”
He also indicated other preferences for moving away from the Xbox, and more specifically over to Sony and the Playstation, including the ability to self-publish, and the forced exclusivity on the Xbox. “With Microsoft they’ve made it painfully clear they don’t want my ilk on their platform. I can’t even self-publish there. Whereas on PS4, I can. It’s that simple. Microsoft won’t let me develop for their console. But Sony will.” Fish will be joining the ranks of indie Braid developer Jon Blow, who is developing The Witness as a PS4 exclusive. “PS4 seems to be doing everything right,” Fish said.
The original Fez was an indie hit on the XBLA, a puzzle-platform game with a unique in-game mechanic that forced players to shift their environment in 90 degree angles to navigate the otherwise side-scrolling world. It received an 89% on Metacritic, and was lauded when it came time to declare Game of the Year for 2012. Ports of the game were eventually brought over to the PC, Mac, and Linux, as well as the Ouya, and Polytron is in talks with Sony to bring the game to its handhelds and consoles. The sequel was announced at last week’s E3, though few other details have been given at this time.