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Fez developer Polytron hacked in ongoing game developer harassment effort

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

An unidentified hacker took control of Fez developer Polytron's website and Twitter account early Friday morning, part of an apparent attack on the Montreal-based studio and other video game developers.

Polytron founder and Fez designer Phil Fish said on Twitter early this morning that his company's website and Twitter account were hacked, and that he had been "doxed," having personal information like email accounts, passwords, banking information and other records exposed publicly. According to former Polytron programmer Renaud Bédard, the developer's corporate Dropbox account was compromised, leading to the dissemination of private information.

The Polytron website is currently in maintenance mode and the developer's Twitter account has been suspended.

Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn says she was also targeted as part of the attack and had her Dropbox account compromised. Quinn and Fish have been the subject of a larger, ongoing harassment effort. Quinn released her interactive fiction game Depression Quest for free through Steam last week.

In the wake of this morning's attack on Polytron, Quinn and others, Fish said on Twitter that he's selling the Fez intellectual property and Polytron itself.

"I would like to announce that POLYTRON and the FEZ IP are now for sale," Fish said on his Twitter account, which he later closed. "No reasonable offer will be turned down. I am done. I want out."

Fish announced last year that the sequel to Fez had been canceled. Fez 2 was announced at the 2013 Horizon press conference.

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