Last night Polytron, the indie developer behind hit platformer FEZ, had their website and Twitter account hacked. The hackers then shared documents that contained extremely private company information as well as personal information about FEZ creator Phil Fish. The attack was said to be in retaliation for Polytron and Fish’s involvement in the ongoing controversy surrounding Zoe Quinn, although at this time there is a lot more questions than answers. As a result of the hack Fish went on a tirade on Twitter resulting in the announcement that the FEZ IP and Polytron itself are for sale before deleting his Twitter account.
I would like to announce that Polytron and the FEZ IP are now for sale. No reasonable offer will be turned down
Fish’s account has been deleted, but the original tweets were saved by Reddit user Pyryara. I’ve tried to clean up the Tweets a little bit, and included them here: “I’ve been doxxed (had personal info leaked online). The Polytron Twitter account got hacked. So did the Polytron website. This is video games. This is what I get. If anybody at Twitter follows me, I need some help right now. Please report @Polytron as having been compromised, please and thank you. This is video games. This is your audience. To every aspiring game developer out there: don’t. Give up. It’s not worth it. Nothing is worth this. Give up on your dreams. They are actually nightmares. Just don’t do it. Run away! Run Away!”
“I would like to announce that Polytron and the FEZ IP are now for sale. No reasonable offer will be turned down. I am done. I want out. We got the Polytron account down. Thanks everybody. I got doxxed today. My company got doxxed. I was violated. Never again. Never again! I am deleting this account. If you see anybody on Twitter pretending to be me: it isn’t. You should all be ashamed.”
Debate about who did the hack and why has raged on, with some questioning the current story about how the hack came about. All that we know for sure at the moment is that something happened to Polytron’s site and Twitter, both of which are currently down, Phil Fish has quit Twitter, and that he has put his company and FEZ up for sale.
Fish has been no stranger to controversy before, but this seems to be the biggest yet. Last year he suddenly cancelled the in-progress sequel to 2012’s FEZ after getting into multiple arguments online. Recently he reconfirmed the cancellation saying that FEZ 2 was “never going to happen” and that gamers didn’t deserve the game.