In a rather sad (read childish) turn of events, Fez 2 has been officially canceled by developer Polytron. The developer confirmed it on Twitter.
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that FEZ II has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment
— Polytron (@Polytron) July 27, 2013
The main reason behind the cancellation is supposedly a Twitter war between Phil Fish and Gametrailers’ Marcus Beer. Beer was angry at Fish and Jonathan Blow for complaining about press questions aimed at them regarding Microsoft’s self publishing update.
“Gents,” Beer started during a recent episode of Gametrailer’s Invisible Walls video podcast, “You were the guys who did Indie Game: The Movie. And some of you looked relatively normal in it; one of you looked like a total tosspot in it. But you can’t have it both ways.”
One argument led to another and soon enough Fish had a Twitter meltdown. From “I fucking hate this industry” and “I hope you kill yourself” he went to “I’m done. Fez 2 is canceled. Goodbye.” He also made his account private.
The official Polytron site has the following update by Fish himself. “Fez 2 is cancelled. I am done. I take the money and I run. This is as much as I can stomach. This isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. You win.”