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Fez
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Developers

Polytron

Released

2011

Genre

platformer

Modes

Platforms

XBLA

Input

Website

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Not much is known about Fez. It is under construction at Polytron. It's possibly coming out for PC, a while after it's released on XBLA, though this can't be confirmed under contractual obligations.

Gameplay

Fez is a platformer puzzle game where you play Gomez, a 2D sprite, and you rotate the world 90 degrees at a time, switching between 2D views of the world. The dialogue in the game is in Engrish, a joke on how Japanese speak English mostly. The game is themed around dimensions and discovery. As such, not much information has been put out yet, because the developers don't want to spoil the experience.

Development

Fez kennedy

Fez fanart by Annabelle Kennedy

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FEZ TRAILER 2

IGF 2009 trailer

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FEZ GAMEPLAY VIDEO TWO

Initial development of the game started under the codename XYZ in the summer of 2007. It was a collaboration between Fish and Shawn McGrath, but they both wanted to do different things with the game, so they stopped. [1] Only Fish found some assistance in Renaud Bédard and Jason DeGroot. They worked hard for 101 days before submitting the game to the IGF.

Fez ended up winning the Excellence in Visual Art award.

Later, Polytron was formed as a legal corporation in Canada, perhaps the only indie game studio to legally be a corporation.

Graham Lackey did the initial animation, and on January 30th 2009 it was announced that Annabelle Kennedy would work as an animator for the game, but she vanished (presumed quit) after a couple of months.

Bédard posted a series on the technical details of Fez's "Trixels" engine on his blog. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Trivia

  • It is obviously inspired by Fish's childhood favorite games, like Mario and Zelda, with bombs and mushrooms, but also blue skies and green grass.
  • It has often been compared to the PSP games Crush and Echochrome and Super Paper Mario, but in the interview on Fish's page he explains the differences.
  • It is the most anticipated indie game, according to a poll on TIGSource.
  • The game runs at 720p @ 60 frames per second [2]

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