Fez II cancelled after Phil Fish Meltdown
So Phil Fish had (another) meltdown on Twitter today and announced that Fez II was cancelled. Twitter is a bit up in arms over it, with many defending Phil Fish while others are claiming it’s just him reacting childishly.
The meltdown came because Marcus Beer (@AnnoyedGamer) was on a podcast on GameTrailers and called Phil Fish out on his bullshit. He spoke both of Jonathan Blow and Phil Fish, combining them together as BlowFish. Some of what he said was a bit harsh, but most of the criticisms he leveled at Phil Fish were true.
Fish is known to be a polarizing figure and the jist of what Marcus said was, “Don’t get pissy when people come to you for a comment on indie games. You’re both successful indie game makers. You’re the face of indie games. People WANT to hear from you.”
This all culminated into Fish telling Beer to kill himself via Twitter, before announcing that Fez II is cancelled and protecting his Twitter account.
This is probably the best thing for Phil Fish. Ever since his appearance in Indie Game: The Movie painted him in a less than positive light, he’s been unable to handle criticism of any kind. Fish’s personality is not unlike my own best friend, so I understand his addiction to what the world at large thinks about him.
Stepping away is likely the best thing for him and frankly, Fez is not the kind of game that needs a sequel. It’s better for Fish and his own mental stability to take a break from the situations that cause him to have this kind of break down and work on a game in his own time. Fez was a highly publicized product that took years to complete, which took a toll on him as both a developer and a human being.
I wish him the best, but if he does decide to get back into developing games in a public spotlight, I hope he’ll be a bit less polarized by people around him, inciting him into this type of breakdown.
As I said in her comment section, I’m super sad that Fez 2 is canceled, but hopefully his stepping back from the social media and game journalism will help him just focus on what he needs to and pump out games rather then get bogged down in drama and Twitter fights.
Fez was brilliant and felt like just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what he could do in this medium. I hope he doesn’t let assholes on the internet ruin that for the rest of us.