Developer Fntastic has dismissed suggestions from increasingly vocal detractors that The Day Before — now a twice-delayed and rarely seen open-world zombie survival — is a hoax, saying, “When the game comes out, people will finally see the truth.”
The Day Before game was revealed in 2021, with a stunning trailer that helped propel it to the top of Steam’s most-loved games chart. Since then, though, his journey to release has been less than smooth. Its initial June 2022 release date was pushed back a year when Fntastic suddenly announced it was switching development to Unreal Engine 5 less than a month before its planned arrival, and then earlier this week, just two months before its revised release date, the game’s developer pulled the plug. Steam’s listing for the game announced another delay – delaying its release by another nine months, this time blaming a trademark dispute.
Throughout all of this, very little of The Day Before was actually seen after the initial teaser, a 13-minute video was revealed several months later, and 59 seconds of extra play at the beginning of this year. All of this has led to suggestions around the internet that the game may not be in development at all.
Fntastic has now opposed these motions IGNTime will put everything in its place [and] When the match begins, people will finally see the truth.”
“We understand that some players, who do not see the whole picture, may have doubts about the match,” she admitted. “Our whole focus has always been on the product itself. We’ve been creating the game for four years. All these years it’s been a lot of sweat and blood to make this game, and for many of our team members, it was very unpleasant to hear such accusations.”
The studio also questioned how The Day Before could be considered a scam, stating “We don’t take a penny from people: no crowdfunding, no pre-orders, no donations. The game is fully funded by Mytona, one of the world’s largest mobile publishers, who vet Game design at every major stage as per our contract.
As for the strange circumstances surrounding it, its latest delay until November, Fantastic said it had originally intended to announce a revised release date even before news of a trademark dispute this week. She also claimed that the announcement would have been accompanied by a new 10-minute trailer for the game, but “after that you all know what happened”.
Despite ongoing doubts about the state of development of The Day Before, Fntastic says it is “very confident this issue will be resolved given that we have strong legal partners in place. The extra time will allow us to better prepare for release and make overall improvements to the game. It will become more polished, and improved.” and full of content.
The Day Before – which was also mired in controversy Fntastic’s use of unpaid volunteers – Set to release on Steam on November 10 after the latest delay.