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Fez creator Phil Fish released a statement recently as to why his company Polytron would not be fixing its problematic patch. Microsoft has released its own statement.
“Polytron and their investor, Trapdoor, made the decision not to work on an additional title update for FEZ. Microsoft Studios chose to support this decision based on the belief that Polytron/Trapdoor were in the best position to determine what the acceptable quality level is for their game. While we do not disclose the cost of Title Updates, we did offer to work with Trapdoor to make sure that wasn’t a blocking issue. We remain huge fans of Fez.”
The statement does little to deny Fish's claims of how expensive it is to issue a patch for a game on Xbox Live, but it does make it seem like perhaps Microsoft may have been willing to negotiate with Fish to a certain degree.
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Hmm... Well at least it kind of clears the thing up a bit.
Sadly this looks like a case of "he said, she said". We'll never know what actually transpired behind closed doors, but I would hope that the developer would have done everything possible (as they stated) and didn't just give up on making a new patch (as Microsoft seems o imply).
Fish is still a bum.
There's been countless other XBLA titles that have had patches which had to have been paid for. Sure MS looks like the bad guy now, but it seems to me the Fez devs just want to be done trying to fix their game (which their initial patch apparently didn't do) and found a policy of MS to pin it on.
It's a shame, really, that it turns into a bickering contest.