Fez 2 Won't be on an Xbox Platform - News

By Nick Pantazis, June 21, 2013
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The well-known and often controversial indie developer Phil Fish has revealed in an interview with Polygon that the newly announced Fez 2 will definitely not be hitting the Xbox 360 or Xbox One. When asked what platforms he was going to release the game on Fish responded with the unambiguous statement "Not Xbox." 

Fish's problems with the platform don't seem to be related to the DRM or used game policies, which Microsoft recently changed, but with their treatment of independent developers. He also stated the PS4 is "doing everything right," which seems to imply the platform is a likely candidate for his new title. 

This won't come as a huge surprise to any who followed the patching controversy when Fish pointed out the large fees Microsoft charged him to patch a game, leaving the original Fez broken for many players due to the costs. Unless Microsoft's policies change, the Xbox One is the only next generation platform to not allow self-publishing for independent developers (the Wii U, PS4, Vita, and 3DS all allow it). 

This announcement comes just after another pominent independent developer on Xbox, Skulls of the Shogun developer 17-Bit, criticized the software giant similarly. 

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