'Fez' patch out but 'kinda broken'; Polytron warns against installing it (update)

Polytron released a patch for Fez, but quickly advised players against installing it after discovering that it may corrupt save games.

Hold the phone, Gomez: a long-in-the-works patch for Fez came out today, but due to a previously undiscovered issue it creates, developer Polytron is now warning players not to install it at all.

The studio announced the patch this morning, listing dozens of bug fixes and other changes, but updated the post within a few hours to deliver some bad news. Some players who installed the patch found that it appeared to corrupt their save file.

"We're floored that this wasn't found in testing," wrote programmer Renaud Bedard on the Polytron site.

He went on to say that deleting the Xbox 360's system cache "should resolve the issue," but if that doesn't fix it, "there is no known workaround" at the moment. The studio also took to Twitter to advise users against installing the title update unless they're already unable to play the game.

Fez's well-received launch in April was marred by widespread problems such as bugs and crashes, and Polytron had promised that a patch to fix the issues was on the way. Yet the title update had a troubled development history of its own — Bedard explained recently that it had failed Microsoft's certification process in late May due to "two critical issues," one of which he was unable to reproduce or resolve until last week.

Update: According to a second update on the Polytron website, Microsoft has taken down the broken patch until Polytron can find and fix the issues with it. Bedard is hoping for a shorter turnaround this time around — "like, in less than two months," he wrote.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.