At least one prominent game developer doesn't want to see Fez creator Phil Fish go.

Today, in response to news that the embattled designer has cancelled his game and said he plans to quit the gaming industry, Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski wrote a passionate letter in Fish's defense:

The industry needs people like you to speak with their hearts before their brains because I’m tired of hearing the PR approved appropriate response. I’m tired of games that feel like they’ve been developed by focus groups or clueless executives going “Hey that Call of Duty is big, we need one of those!"

Besides, at the end of the day, that cycle of community feedback and crafting that big fireball is entirely too addictive.

Come back, Phil. We miss you already. Maybe I’ll be right behind you, returning with Adamantium skin.

Read the whole thing here.