Posted by Andrew Hayward March 31, 2012

Following a laborious development cycle that was partially chronicled in the acclaimed recent documentary, Indie Game: The Movie, downloadabdle game Fez will finally be released on Xbox Live Arcade on April 13 for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Primarily designed by two people -- designer Phil Fish and programmer Renaud Bedard -- the indie game employs a pixel-based art style that holds a surprise: the ability to fully rotate the game world 90 degrees at a time to create illusionary paths to get through each stage.

Paired with a stunning chiptune-based soundtrack, Fez is one of the most anticipated Xbox Live Arcade titles in recent memory -- and it recently won the grand prize at the Independent Games Festival (IGF) awards at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, despite being overshadowed slightly by controversial comments from Fish. With luck, the quality of the game will shine through and calm those taking pot shots at the game for its lengthy public development cycle and Fish's abrasive opinions. We'll all find out in just a couple short weeks.

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