Polytron forced to re-release broken FEZ patch
To make a long story short, Polytron would have to pay Microsoft more money than it can afford to fix the troublesome FEZ patch, so it has no other option but to re-release it.
The save file deletion/corruption bug only effects less than 1% of players but the developers still regret having to release it.
After voicing their frustration, the Polytron team teased that a PC version of the game could potentially launch on Steam after the XBLA exclusivity deal expires.
As you may already be aware, FEZ has had quite a hard time dealing with technical issues since its release last April. First, there were problems such as frame-rate/loading issues, death loops, and skips, which effected a large number of players. Then developer Polytron started working with Microsoft on a patch that would fix these problems. Then the patch was released and started deleting/corrupting the save files of a small number of players, so the patch had to be removed from the marketplace. So the developers then started work on a patch for that patch, so it could re-release it and help out the players who were negatively effected by it.
However, that patch for the patch will not be developed as planned and the patch will be re-released on XBLA in it’s current ‘broken” state. Why is that? Well, in the words of the folks over at Polytron, “It’s a shitty numbers game.”
The developer said it would have to pay Microsoft “tens of thousands of dollars’ (according to Giant Bomb it'll be about $40,000) to re-certify the game in order to have the patch developed and released. This would put the developers in a bit of debt, as they already owe Microsoft money for the privilege of releasing the game on XBLA.
Polytron says that while the patch’s bug is an unfortunate problem, it only effect’s less than one percent of players. While the developer said it’s happy that 99% of players will now be able to play FEZ without any hiccups, it issued an apology to the 1% that may loose their saves.
“To the less-than-1% who are getting screwed, we sincerely apologize. We know this hurts you the most, because you’re the ones who put the most times into the game. And this breaks our hearts. We hope you dont think back on your time spent in FEZ as a total waste.”
The developers also hinted at a possible Steam release once the XBLA exclusivity deal expires, after voicing its regret of not launching on Valve’s PC platform, saying that Valve would have had all of these issues fixed within two weeks and with no extra charge to them.
If everything Polytron said is true, Microsoft is crazy for allowing this to happen (not too mention charging so much to develop patches). Even if only a small number of players are effected, this particular patch shouldn’t be classified as "good enough."
I feel for the Polytron team and I wish them the best of luck on Steam.
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well, to be fair to them, the name calling comes from their characters, which should be obvious. It doesn't matter since the Best Gamers are not active anymore as seen on their official website: http://thebestgamers.net/
their real last action would be this wonderful vid from one of their members, it's a good laugh if you read the comments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sATgrl4GkpQ
It disbanded because of backstage drama and mostly because they themselves have evolved their way of reviewing, being more journalist like, going to dig through the very details of the creator and it's creations, it matches the likes of ForeverPandering or Instig8tiveJournasim on YouTube, so they are going to do a new website soon to be a real game journalism outlet. But if you liked their way of reviewing Rockcock64 has a channel that holds the spirit of The Best Gamers very well, as well as doing commentary on his own videos, I definitely recommend it: http://www.youtube.com/user/ROCKCOCK64/videos
i know that their past work will reflect on their new more serious project, but It's definitely better than the rest of the mainstream gaming outlets...
Ok so I watched the minecraft review and what can I say, a big part of the review focused on the battle and graphics, stuff which to me feels extremely secondary for minecraft only at the end did they focus on the building part of the game were they more or less said we don't like that and then choose not to talk anymore about it other then bash fans of it by calling them autistic. To me these guys feels very juvenile, I mean its ok to not like a game but it feels like they are just going for what they don't like followed up with bashing the fans of the game. But hey we all got diffrent taste both in games and also obviously in reviewers. But I got to call you out on a bit of a double standard, in your first comment you are noticible upset and claim its karma that the fez dude is doing bad because he let himself sink to name calling against gaming fans but isn't that exactly what these reviewers are doing? They call these fans retards and autistic during the review you sent me.
xbox fanboys are hilarious, hope this guys do well and continue to make games, besides molyneux has continue to overhype his shitty games and charging 60 bucks for them and no ones bashing him, oooo no but this guy said his opinion and you go apeshit haha
Well look, whether you think that you think I'm wrong or right in my assumption that being an asshole reflects badly on the media you are putting out, it doesn't matter because this is what is happening to him, to Polytron and to Fez, maybe even his future releases. He's had poor sales, the reputation of his properties are not seen in a positive light and even now he still tries to pin fault to someone else other than himself. Go make a simple research of his name and what he said to his customers, to the gaming community, You don't attack your costumer base and walk away unarmed.
when the game will eventually come out on steam, maybe he will have more luck, since the heat of his past action should be fanned down or maybe he won't because his game is unimpressive and his words will always haunt is releases...
Well, yeah, I would be among the first to agree that Phil's delivery was immature and definitely could have been more tactful.
But what I'm concerned with is the inane idea that those negative actions permeate into and "taint" the game, somehow, as the Theory said. It simply doesn't work that way.
You can avoid a game because you don't like the developer, but by doing that, you concede the ability to have a truly objective opinion on the game itself.
Actually, no I'm not saying that. You have literally read my message incorrectly.
are you saying that a man of the industry criticizing an entire region of the gaming industry is not valid because that's "a small percentage" of people who do that. If you are criticizing a REGION of an industry you'd better back it up big time, which may I remind you is impossible. Imagine if a Japanese developer were to say that every western games sucked, the entire world would just bash him. Well that's what happened when Phil Fish said that about Japanese games.
You can't be such an uncultured and bigoted asshole in this day and age, people will notice when you're shit, you'll simply burn bridges. let this be a lesson to him and future developers, in the future be more respectful of other cultures...
well maybe you should take a look to their review of Minecraft 1,0 release ver. and their super meat boy review...:
"I was on a forum where some guy was gushing about how amazing Fez was and I'm sitting here trying to figure out what the hell he's talking about when another dude posts this video in response. Everyone started discussing the video and everyone came to a general consensus that Fez looked like a boring, shitty game. It also got the original guy to shut up. Thanks, Best Gamers!"
Many of the greats have been very arrogant. Latest one I heard was Stephen king just saying straight out that he thinks the twilight author isn't especially good. But don't you think the difference when people gets pissed or not is often in the wording more then in the message. He said that modern japanese games suck, now picture him saying something in the lines of: I think that modern japanese games suffer from much "insert problems here", or I think that " inser problem here" in modern japanese games really sucks compared to the days of old. His actual statement wasn't only arrogant but it was expressed so crudely and dumb that it no longer seemed as statement of an opinion but more as a non justified attack. I think it comes down to that if you want to be arrogant you better bring your a-game to the debatte and be ready to justify your claims not just puke sloppily worded hate because if you dont you went from being james joyce to being that oceans "what els was the company called" customer support guy and that's bad for business. Anyway just a theory.
Havent played fez so I dont know if its good or bad but I still wouldnt use those dudes that makes the videos that you linked to as "proof" since other then saying that fez sucks they also claim that you are retarded if you like minecraft or super meat boy. Two excellent games in my opinion and at the very least worthy of a gamers respect.
But, is that really so?
I'm inclined to think that a person's personal flaws don't 'taint' their work.
Take, for instance, James Joyce. He was arrogant in the extreme, and convinced that his novels, especially Ulysses, were unmatched in quality. That doesn't change the fact that Ulysses is among the most acclaimed novels in literary canon today.
I do have to agree with you there- Phil's method of conveying his opinion was very immature on his part- but, I'm looking at whether there's any validity to his comment about gamers, even if it was hastily and angrily made.
Also, I don't think his criticizing Japanese games before he released his own game is really a problem. It's safe to assume that a very small percentage of all who have an opinion on at least one sect of the industry has ever made a game. And that's okay.
The Japanese would have done better :)
I recently watch indie game the movie and I really enjoy it. My thoughts on Phil Fish after the movie is that I have some sympathy for the guy. Sure has said some dumb things but Phil has gone though of a lot of bad stuff happen to him whilst making Fez. I'm waiting for Fez to be on steam. At least on steam Fez will get dlc and a community making fez maps though the steam workshop.
That Review was Bad! And you should Feel Bad!
Well, you gotta give them credit for their honesty, which is much more than most people can say for the mainstream corporations. At least you can squash them right at the bat if you want to. I wouldn't, but still, they do leave themselves open.
Welcome to the INTERNET, may I point you out to certain websites so that you may begin your education of this culture *sarcasm*
That may be the way that you perceive it( to which I may have to point you to a psychiatrist if you just jumped to these images out of totally ordinary comments), but trust us it's quite tame compared to what the scum that are Polytron have said to their costumers and an entire geographic location and culture of gaming...