The Day Before developer Fntastic officially announced that they are closing down after the release of their zombie shooter game.
Bad News from The Day Before Developer
The Day Before was one of this year’s most anticipated games. After the release of few gameplay videos, fans were hyped about the game. At December 7, The Day Before has opened early access on Steam and things started to cracking.
Today, The Day Before studio Fnastic has announced that they are shutting down their studio. The Day Before developers pushed back against claims that the game was fake or somehow a scam, but the controversies continued to pile on. Reports surfaced of The Day Before using volunteer developers soured many on the project.
“Unfortunately, The Day Before has failed financially, and we lack the funds to continue,” the developer said in a statement on Twitter. The statement stated a desire to release updates for The Day Before so that the game could reveal “its full potential,” but that won’t be possible since the studio no longer has funding to continue working on the project.
After this announcement, The Day Before’s closed to purchase on Steam and developers said the game’s future is unknown but servers will remain operational. So while Fntastic is closing down, it seems as though The Day Before is staying live for the time being.
Despite impressive early trailers, The Day Before released to Mostly Negative reviews as it completely failed to live up to the promises made in the trailer. Instead of being an open world MMO experience, The Day Before was more similar to an extraction shooter – one that was glitchy and broken in many ways.
Fntastic said in its statement that the team “worked tirelessly for five years, pouring our blood, sweat, and tears into the game,” but this is unlikely to shift online discourse about the game, especially since no mention was made of gamers getting their money back.
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Unfortunately, Fntastic made no mention of refunds for Day Before players who purchased the game. It said that all income received is being used to “pay off debts” to its partners, and made it a point to stress that it didn’t take any money from the public through crowdfunding or pre-orders, though that will likely do little to appease fans who bought the game and may be upset that The Day Before’s future updates have already been canceled.
Fntastic ended its statement by saying, “We apologize if we didn’t meet your expectations. We did everything within our power, but unfortunately, we miscalculated our capabilities. Creating games is an incredibly challenging endeavor.”
Needless to say, social media reactions to this development have not been positive. Considering The Day Before’s plummeting player count, many may have seen this coming, though it’s safe to say that few expected this to happen so quickly after the game’s early access launch on December 7.