It seems like an eternity but we’re looking this year for the release of Fez, from Polytron Corporation and creator Phil Fish. Joystiq had an interesting interview with him during SXSW talking about the development and what’s next for Polytron Corporation. Originally, Phil wanted the game the come out during Q1 of this year but that sadly didn’t happen since they just got back from certification and didn’t pass it.
“We’re trying to put pressure on them to release it as soon as possible because the zeitgeist is really good right now, with the movie starting to get a lot of play and the award. And, also, it’s been five years. I don’t want to wait another two months after that.”
Microsoft even talked to Phil about giving him a chance to put it in this year’s Summer of Arcade but he’ll likely pass. He just really wants the game out there instead of waiting an additional three months. Fish thinks it’ll do well on its on own merits and with plenty of IGF love, it should be fine.
Talking on future projects, Fish said he’d most likely not be on XBLA and looking towards Kickstarter, telling Joystiq, which might make some fans a little upset since Microsoft is backing this game.
“I’m afraid people might take [the Kickstarter] the wrong way. Like, ‘Why do you need a Kickstarter, you just made Fez?’ Yeah, but it takes five months before we get paid, maybe, it’s totally variable, but at least three months. The best case scenario is we get paid three months after the release. I don’t want to wait three months.”
Fez has had a crazy ride throughout its development process and Phil Fish feels incredibly proud of his work. We should be seeing the game sooner rather than later but hopefully not too much later.