Fez 2 has been cancelled, according to a statement from Phil Fish and a tweet posted on Polytron’s Twitter account.
The news was originally posted via Twitter with the statement: “It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that FEZ 2 has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment.”
A statement handed to Joystiq by Phil Fish confirmed it was, indeed, cancelled.
Fez 2 was announced during the Horizon Indie Game Conference at E3.
While Phil Fish wasn’t there to make the announcement, the logo for the in-development title was shown, and no other details were provided at the time.
After E3, Fish said the reason Polytron chose to make sequel as opposed to something new entirely, was because he wanted to go back to that world.
“It is an entirely new game. FEZ 2 is to FEZ 1 what Zelda 2 was to Zelda 1, but more different,” he said. “The biggest reason is that I just wanted to go back to that world. I want to expand on my little world and its mythology. It’s not a case of wanting to recycle ideas we didn’t get to put in FEZ 1.
“Since the games are going to be so different, there’s not a whole lot that could just carry over.”
Fish’s Twitter account doesn’t state any reason for the cancellation as far as I can tell, as his tweets are now protected after a Twitter dust-up earlier – which we will not be posting unless Fish confirms this was the reason Fez 2 was cancelled. If you want to see the drama that unfolded for yourself, you can find it easily enough.
But according to a statement posted on Polytron, the cancellation wasn’t the result of any “one thing.”
“Fez 2 is cancelled. I am done. I take the money and I run. This is as much as I can stomach. This isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. You win.”