The follow-up to FEZ, a charming game about exploration, discovery and perspective, is no longer in development.
This news actually went down over the weekend, so there’s a chance you’ve caught it elsewhere by now. For all those who managed to miss it whilst camping, diving into a swimming pool or whittling a tiny doll house love seat on your front porch (you know, summer things), here’s the tweet in question from Polytron:
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
FEZ II is, with that, no more.
It’s a bummer that another potentially great game has to bite the dust, but at least we didn’t see anything of the project so far. It’d be even worse to have an idea exactly how good FEZ II was going to be before hearing news of its cancellation.
The worst bit in all of this? Phil Fish, the developer behind FEZ, announced the cancellation of the sequel amidst a bit of a plight on Twitter. Following the decision to drop FEZ II, Fish sent out the following tweets, as screencapped by Destructoid. (Please note the tweets below contain harsh language not suitable for all.)
Phil Fish, it appears, is done with games development. Regardless of whether or not you enjoyed his online persona, FEZ was a rather beautiful project that deserves a space in the medium’s annals.