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There Will Be No Fez Patch, Microsoft Fees To Blame?
Polytron announced that they will not be patching XBLA hit Fez after a post-launch update borked player’s save files. The small studio has re-released the broken patch which they said will be good to go for more players. The reason for this is because of the high costs of “tens of thousands” of dollars that Microsoft charges to patch games on Xbox Live. In an excerpt from the statement on Polytron’s website, “Fish” had this to say:
We’re not going to patch the patch.
Why not? Because microsoft would charge us tens of thousands of dollars to re-certify the game.
And because as it turns out, the save file delete bug only happens to less than a percent of players. It’s a shitty numbers game to be playing for sure, but as a small independent, paying so much money for patches makes NO SENSE AT ALL. especially when you consider the alternative. Had FEZ been released on steam instead of XBLA, the game would have been fixed two weeks after release, at no cost to us. And if there was an issue with that patch, we could have fixed that right away too!
Fish goes on to recognize those who have had this glitch happen to them and anyone who may have it happen to them now and apologizes but overall is blaming Microsoft’s policy for the lack of a new patch.
I’m sure there will be an opinion article on this soon. Stay tuned!