Development of Fez 2 has ceased, according to creator Phil Fish, who has indicated that he plans to quit the games business for good after growing disillusioned with certain sections of the industry. The announcement was made over the weekend in an update posted on development studio Polytron Corporation’s Twitter account.
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 disappointmentJuly 27, 2013
Shortly afterwards, Fish wrote on Polytron’s website: “FEZ II is cancelled. i am done. i take the money and i run. this is as much as i can stomach. this is isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. you win.”
Over the weekend Fish set his personal Twitter account to a protected status, barring non-followers from viewing his tweets. “I fucking hate this industry,” he said in a post viewed by Kotaku, explaining that persistent personal criticism had led him to consider quitting the business for good on multiple occasions.
Fez 2 was originally announced last month via a brief teaser during June’s Horizon conference. Other than the fact that Fez composer Disasterpiece was due to be involved in production and that the game was unlikely to appear on Xbox platforms, Polytron had offered no further details on the sequel to last year’s well-received puzzle-platformer.