Fez News

Surprise Fez update adds speedrun mode

We haven't heard a peep out of Fez, the incredible puzzle platform game from the mind of Phil Fish, in quite a while. Yesterday, it got a huge update.

Developer Renaud Bédard, who worked with Fish on Fez while at Polytron, released update 1.12 yesterday to the PC, Mac and Linux versions of the game.

There's a list of major and minor features as well as bug fixes on Steam. Of note: the update adds a speedrun mode. As Bédard says: "Gotta Gomez fast".

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Fan-harassed writer Jennifer Hepler leaves BioWare

Questions whether abusive fans scare away talent.

Jennifer Hepler, the BioWare writer harassed by fans for her work on Dragon Age 2 - and for comments made years earlier about wishing to skip combat sections in games - this week left the famed RPG studio to work on a book and pursue some freelance work.

Fez developer Polytron is "working with Sony"

Mac and Linux ports are still on the way.

While Fez 2 was unceremoniously cancelled over the weekend, developer Polytron's producer Marie-Christine Bourdua confirmed that the studio has more projects to reveal, some of which it's collaborating with Sony on.

CliffyB appeals to Phil Fish for games industry return

"Never underestimate the intestinal fortitude of the anonymous loser."

Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has penned an open letter to embattled Fez developer Phil Fish, imploring him to return to games development following his high profile departure over the weekend.

Fez 2 cancelled, Fish swims away from the game industry

During E3, in a surprise move that no one saw coming, Fez creator Phil Fish announced that he was making a sequel to Eurogamer's 2012 Game of the Year, Fez. Now, in an even more surprising move, he's cancelled it.

"It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Fez 2 has been cancelled and is no longer in development," read developer Polytron's recent tweet. "We apologise for the disappointment."

Prior to that, Fish stated on Twitter, "I'm getting out of games because I choose not to put up with this abuse anymore."

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Phil Fish to patch Fez on Xbox Live Arcade

Phil Fish to patch Fez on Xbox Live Arcade

"IT'S A 4TH OF JULY MIRACLE."

Polytron will patch the Xbox Live Arcade version of Fez, Phil Fish has announced.

"GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: we're going to patch FEZ on XBLA!" he wrote on Twitter.

"It's going to take a few months, though," he added, "but we're doing it!"

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Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

UPDATE: Microsoft confirms. Fez creator Phil Fish investigating if this is retroactive.

UPDATE #3: Microsoft has provided Eurogamer with a full statement regarding its decision to drop charges for Xbox 360 game patches.

"Microsoft eliminated fees for Title Updates on Xbox 360 Arcade games in April 2013," a spokesperson said, reiterating what Hryb and Whitten announced below. "We're constantly evaluating our policies and implementing feedback.

"While our development policies are confidential, and will remain so, we're pleased to say that this is just one of many ongoing changes and improvements we've made to ensure Xbox is the best place possible for developers and gamers."

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Fez sells 200,000 copies in a year on Xbox Live Arcade

Fez sells 200,000 copies in a year on Xbox Live Arcade

"Which is completely f***ing crazy when you think about it."

Indie darling Fez has sold more than 200,000 copies since its release on Xbox Live Arcade a year ago.

In a blog post marking the game's first birthday, controversial creator Phil Fish wrote that it had been a "truly transformative" 12 months.

"Suddenly becoming so loved and so hated by so many teaches you some humility," Fish said, presumably referencing the backlash he faced last year over his comments that modern Japanese games "just suck".

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Fez dated for Steam in early May

UPDATE: Coming to Mac, but probably not 3DS. Working with Sony to hopefully make a PSN port.

Update: Fez creator Phil Fish has confirmed that a Mac port is on the way as well, but no date has been set for it.

Save corrupting Fez patch back online

Save corrupting Fez patch back online

"For 99 per cent of people, it makes Fez a better game."

Fez developer Polytron has decided to re-issue the buggy patch that corrupted some player's save files.

Why? Because fixing it would require the very costly process of getting the game re-certified.

"Microsoft would charge us tens of thousands of dollars to re-certify the game," the studio wrote on its blog.

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Microsoft pulls Fez patch

Microsoft pulls Fez patch

"YAY GAME DEVELOPMENT!"

Microsoft has pulled the Fez patch that last week caused some players' save files to corrupt.

"UPDATE : CRISIS SEMI-AVERTED!" began a post on the Polytron website.

"Microsoft has pulled the patch out of Live for now, so at least the problem won't affect new users.

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New Fez patch is

New Fez patch is "kinda broken", warns Polytron

Players report corrupted save files.

A new title update for XBLA indie platformer Fez is causing some players' save files to corrupt, developer Polytron has warned.

A note on the studio's Twitter feed earlier today warned followers not to install it, with a post on its official site then adding further detail as to exactly what's going on:

"There is an issue that seems fairly widespread where the save file can be seen as corrupted by the game after installing the patch," it read.

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Fez racks up 100,000 XBLA sales

Fez racks up 100,000 XBLA sales

Acclaimed indie platformer does the business.

Labyrinthine indie platformer Fez has now sold over 100,000 downloads on Xbox Live Arcade.

Creator Phil Fish broke the news on the official Polytron site via a cute piece of art.

Fish recently aired frustrations on Twitter over difficulties getting XBLA sales data from Microsoft. It seems the platform holder has finally come through.

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Indie Game: The Movie download date announced

Indie Game: The Movie download date announced

Coming to iTunes, Steam next month.

Award-winning documentary Indie Game: The Movie will be released for download on 12th June worldwide.

You'll be able to nab it from iTunes, Steam and at IndieGameTheMovie.com, where you can also pre-order the Blu-ray and DVD.

The film follows the development of Super Meat Boy, details the protracted development and legal troubles surrounding Fez and offers personal interviews with creators.

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Minecraft breaks day-one XBLA sales record

Minecraft breaks day-one XBLA sales record

But Fez studio upset at Microsoft's special treatment for Mojang.

Minecraft has smashed the record for the most day-one Xbox Live Arcade sales, Microsoft has announced.

The platform holder didn't offer exact figures, but said that Mojang's game has now overtaken Trials Evolution, which set a new record last month.

Earlier today, creator Markus 'Notch' Persson revealed via his Twitter feed that the console version of his game was profitable within an hour of going on sale.

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Fez development finally wraps up

Stunning indie platformer submitted to Microsoft.

Rabidly-anticipated Xbox Live Arcade platformer Fez is finally ready for release, developer Polytron has revealed.

Fez delayed until early 2012

Bewitching XBLA platformer still not ready.

Intriguing Xbox Live Arcade platformer Fez has been pushed back until early 2012, co-creator Phil Fish has announced.

GameCity announces Zelda Takeover Day

GameCity announces Zelda Takeover Day

Plus, Fez to get week-long showcase.

This year's GameCity event in Nottingham features a Zelda Takeover Day, organisers have announced.

In celebration of the franchise's 25th anniversary, the event is holding a series of Zelda-themed events on Saturday 29th October.

Nottingham's Old Market Square is to be transformed into a Hyrulean marekt village for the day. Visitors will be able to craft their own sword and shield, learn to play the ocarina and stop off for refreshments at the LonLon Milk Bar.

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Fez dev: PC and PSN "would make sense"

But WiiWare can "f*** off".

Any PC or PlayStation 3 users who've checked out the delightful trailer for forthcoming Xbox Live Arcade platformer Fez have justifiable cause to feel more than a little jealous.