As anyone can tell you, the two things I love are platformers and retro games. You can imagine then how excited I have been the last few years about the impending release of FEZ. It may seem like a lifetime ago that FEZ first came on the scene, and some may have given up waiting for it all together. Today, however, it was announced that POLYTRON, the independent studio that created FEZ, and Trapdoor, an independent Montreal based developer, will be partnering up to bring FEZ to the Xbox Live Arcade in 2011.
After three years of anticipation since its debut at the 2008 Independent Games Festival, where FEZ won the Excellence in Visual Art award, we may finally get a chance to play this game. Described as a quirky combination between Super Paper Mario and Echochrome, FEZ is a rather unique platformer with a fantastically charming retro style. Hopefully there won’t be any hiccups with Microsoft’s often rather stringent protocols for its downloadable service, and if all goes according to plan we should have our hands on FEZ before the coming apocalypse!