Fez developer says Microsoft has “made it painfully clear” that they don’t want to work with Polytron, Fish “not interested” in developing for Xbox One.
Ever the bashful wallflower, Fez creator Phil Fish has seemingly put the kibosh on any possibility of Fez 2 finding a home on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One in an interview today. Speaking with Polygon, Fish criticised Microsoft’s next generation plans. “Microsoft is making a console for itself. Not for gamers. Not for developers. Just for its own, greedy little Orwellian self. I’m not interested,” he says. You have to wonder what it’s like for Renaud Bédard working at Fez developer Polytron on a bad day.
Of course, Fez 2 was teased at the Horizon Indie Game conference at E3 this year, although little other than the title was revealed. Fish tells Polygon that Fez 2 will be “an entirely new game” and cites Sony’s PlayStation 4 as a more viable platform for indie development – while continuing to remind us that Microsoft, in his opinion, is not.
“Whether or not I would develop for [PS4] comes down to how the platform holder treats me,” he says. “With Microsoft they’ve made it painfully clear they don’t want my ilk on their platform. I can’t even self-publish there. Whereas on PS4, I can. It’s that simple. Microsoft won’t let me develop for their console. But Sony will.”
Much of Fish’s anti-Microsoft sentiment may hark back to Fez’s 2012 XBLA launch. With a patch released causing corruption of players’ save files, Fish was faced with fixing the issue and paying for recertification or letting it lie. He chose the latter – a decision that earned him pariah status in the eyes of plenty of internet forum dwellers.
Asked by Polygon what platforms Fez 2 will release on, Fish’s response was decisive: “Not Xbox,” he said. That’s that, then.