Hey everybody, just a quick note to say POLYTRON isn't going anywhere. There is still much porting to do!— Polytron (@Polytron) July 29, 2013
Polytron producer Marie-Christine Bourdua was as surprised as everyone else by the cancellation of Fez 2 but says it’s “totally fair” for creator Phil Fish to pull the plug if he wants to.
Fez creator Phil Fish had a king-sized blowup on Twitter last week after GameTrailers guy Marcus “Annoyed Gamer” Beer called him a few nasty names on his show. After lashing out at Beer, calling him a “middle-aged parasite” and worse, Fish posted a brief tweet saying, “im done. FEZ II is canceled. goodbye.” The cancellation was confirmed shortly after via the official Polytron Twitter account.
Fish later stated that he didn’t cancel the game because of Beer’s specific comments but because he wants to get out of game development in order to escape “this abuse.” Be that as it may, Bourdua said the cancellation caught her by surprise – but she’s okay with it.
“It was weird and special to learn it that way, but I respect and trust Phil a lot, so that’s totally fair that he decided that and he has his reasons,” she told Joystiq. She said that she was “kind of in shock” about the situation over the weekend but added that Polytron still has plenty to do, including Linux and Mac ports of Fez and “other stuff” that’s also in the works.
And surprise or not, as programmer Renaud Bedard pointed out, it’s better for Fish to flame out now than in two years. “It’s easier to cut it out now, than it is to say ‘Hey, we’ve been working on this for years and I’m not feeling able to finish it’,” he said. “So in that way it just makes more sense.”