Fez 2 Designer: “Microsoft Won’t Let me Develop for Their Console”

Phil Fish explains why the sequel won’t be on Xbox One.

Posted By | On 21st, Jun. 2013 Under News

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Phil Fish, a Canadian designer who created the amazingly awesome Fez (our review which you can read here), has stated to Polygon that Fez 2 won’t be arriving on the Xbox One in the near future. This despite Fez’s popularity and success on Xbox Live.

As Fish states when asked about which platforms the game will be coming to, “PS4 seems to be doing everything right. It’s too early to tell how everything is going to unfold, but their heart definitely seems to be in the right place. Which is a weird thing to say when talking about giant monolithic corporation, but there’s a handful of people working at Sony today who are really trying to do some good.

“And whether or not I would develop for it comes down to how the platform holder treats me. 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.”

Microsoft’s stance for indie developers on Xbox One has been that they must either publish through the company or via a third party publisher.

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  • Jayszen

    Dumb is as dumb does…one would think after all that has happened over the last six weeks would somehow make Microsoft realize the value in not pissing off devs and customers anymore. However, this week’s turnaround is largely designed to placate consumers until such time as when Microsoft has a large enough share of the next-gen market and than it will revert back to the original policies and by then it will be too late for consumers who have already purchased Box One. At least many developers are not falling for the bullshit and now if only more consumers would do the same….


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