Phil Fish has announced that he is cancelling Fez II and leaving the games industry.
The developer announced a sequel to indie hit Fez at this year’s E3, but a short statement on developer Polytron’s website states that its development is over.
“Fez II is cancelled,” the post reads. “I am done. I take the money and I run. This is as much as I can stomach.
“This is isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. You win.”
There was also a post on Polytron’s Twitter account: “It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Fez II has been cancelled and is no longer in development. We apologize for the disappointment.”
The catalyst for the announcement appears to have been a lengthy Twitter spat between Fish and self-proclaimed “opinionist” Marcus "AnnoyedGamer" Beer from GameTrailers, who fought after Beer called Fish a "hipster", "tosspot", "wanker", and a "fucking asshole" on a podcast.
Fish has since set his Twitter account to private, but gave his reasoning for quitting games before he did so.
"To be clear, I’m not cancelling Fez II because some boorish fuck said something stupid," he tweeted.
"I’m doing it to get out of games."
"And I’m getting out of games because I choose not to put up with this abuse anymore."
Phil Fish's struggles to bring the original Fez to market were chronicled in last year’s Indie Game: The Movie.