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Indie arcade game Fez hits one million downloads

Worth a hat tip
Tue Dec 10 2013, 13:37

INDEPENDENT AND RATHER CHARMING game Fez has proudly clocked up one million sales across all games machines.

The firm behind it, Polytron Corporation is rather pleased with the news, and has listed a number of people that it thinks it should thank.

"FEZ has now sold over a million unit across all platforms. That's right, a cool mil! And we couldn't have done it without you!" it said.

"Thank you for buying the game! Thank you for stealing it! Thank you for telling your friends about it! Thank you for buying it again when it came out on PC! Thank you for boycotting it so well! Thank you for putting up with the bullshit! Thank you for all your love letters, fan art, cosplays and freakin' tattoos you got, you crazy bastards! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

A sequel to the game was cancelled last summer, with lead developer Phil Fish saying that he did not have it in him to follow up the 2012 title. There is a hint in the thank you about the original game's troubled route to market. It is the one about putting up with the bullshit.

"FEZ II is cancelled. I am done. I take the money and I run. this is as much as I can stomach," he said. "[T]his is isn't the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign."

This year saw versions of the originally Xbox 360 Arcade game appear on PCs as a digital download and line up for Sony Playstation hardware. In its first full year, and just on the Microsoft machine, it sold 200,000 copies. µ


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