Fntastic denies ‘scam’ claims, says date before delay was pre-planned after MMO was delisted from Steam

The Day Before, one of Steam’s most beloved open-world survival MMOs, was pulled from Valve’s store earlier this week. The game’s disappearance from the store was attributed to a trademark dispute, which developer Fntastic claims caused Steam to block their game page, resulting in once again delayed release. Now, amid internet chatter questioning whether the game even exists, the developer has come out and announced that it planned to delay the game even before the famous trademark dispute. go up. In a statement to IGN, Fntastic also quashed speculation about the game being a ‘scam’.

“We were planning to move the release date of the game earlier and plan to announce it with [publisher] Mytona in a 10-minute gameplay video,” said the developer IGN. “And then you all know what happened. So, to be on the safe side and to ensure that there are no further transfers, we together with the publisher have chosen November 10 as a safe date due to a trademark dispute.” The game that has now been delayed twice will use the extra time to ensure a “content-filled” and polished experience on launch day. As for the gameplay video, Fntastic intends to consult its attorney before publishing.

Despite the accusations against them, The Day Before’s developers appear to be optimistic about the end result — even refuting claims that they’re running some kind of scam. “We don’t take a dime 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 audited the game’s build at every milestone of our contract,” their statement said. write.

The previous day was delisted from Steam earlier this week and it was revealed that the studio had never bothered to trademark its name, before announcing the title in January 2021. According to Fntastic, this allows an individual fills out an application in front of them and trademarks the name “The Day Before,” in the United States. In an effort to solve this problem, the developer has now decided to postpone the game’s launch to November 10.

“Previously, we were not aware of the existence of complaints,” an open letter from the developer Fntastic and publishers Mytona read after the game disappeared from Steam. “We only found out about this on January 19, 2023, when we received a complaint from him and asked to contact him.” The studio had planned to release a “long gameplay video” later this month — just two months before its release — but they’ve also decided to postpone that. Understandably, this confusing situation has raised suspicion on the internet, with most voices suggesting that the game may not be in development yet. Even The Day Before community Discord moderators suspect about whether the game is real or not. To their credit, very little is known about yesterdaybeyond it flashy announcement trailerfollowed by an orchestra game footagepromises an ultimate zombie annihilation.

While The Day Before was originally slated for release in 2022, it was later delayed to March 1 of this year, due to a change in development tools. According to one statement given to IGN last year, Fntastic announced that they are moving to Epic Games’ New 5 . unreal motor technology, which will only “make The Day Before’s gameplay even better.” The delay and the new allegation prompted Fntastic to go public, highlighting that plans to move the release date further were made before trademark issues arose – pushing the launch date to eight months.

Set in the desolate, post-pandemic United States, The Day Before lets players survive hordes of man-eating zombies by scavenging for resources, crafting gear, and driving around. Think of it as Parts response Our Last – at least based on the meager knowledge we have about the game. Fntastic previously created the multiplayer hide-and-seek game Propnight — a 4v1 game in which a killer stalks survivors of a strange night.

The Day Before is currently slated for a November 10 release on calculator.

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