The post-apocalyptic zombie recreation The Day Before, which has been criticized for its reported use of unpaid staff, has been delayed to November 2023 due partially to a trademark difficulty, it appears. The sport has been pushed from March 2023 to November 2023.
Developer Fntastic and writer Mytona stated in an announcement that Steam blocked The Day Earlier than from getting a web page on the shop on account of a request from a non-public particular person over the sport’s title. The studio stated when it introduced The Day Earlier than in January 2021, the title “The Day Earlier than” was accessible to trademark as a online game. After this, a person registered that name with the US Patent and Trademark Office, beating Fntastic to the punch.
Fntastic went on to say that it discovered concerning the trademark difficulty on January 19, 2023, when the individual proudly owning The Day Earlier than’s online game trademark reached out with a request to speak. “Now we discover out all of the circumstances of the incident and we will certainly remedy all the things,” Fntastic stated.
The studio went on to say it had deliberate to launch a “prolonged” gameplay video for The Day Earlier than in January, however the video now will not be launched till the studio can “kind this difficulty out.” The video will likely be posted “ASAP,” the studio stated. A brand new gameplay video for The Day Earlier than was launched throughout CES 2023. For the brand new gameplay video, Fntastic says attorneys should approve its launch.
For the gameplay video, we’ll seek the advice of with attorneys first, after which we are able to publish it.
— Fntastic (@FntasticHQ) January 25, 2023
Concerning the delay, Fntastic stated it was essential to push The Day Earlier than to November 10, 2023, and it understands this would possibly disappoint some followers. “Nonetheless, we wish to guarantee we launch the absolute best recreation,” Fntastic stated.
“Our 100% focus stays on the sport itself and learn how to ship you the most effective recreation attainable. Thanks and we hope on your help,” the staff stated.
In Might 2022, Fntastic introduced that The Day Before shifted to the Unreal Engine 5, which resulted in a delay to 2023. Fntastic, which is an all-remote studio that has by no means launched a recreation, describes its staff as “volunteers.” Firm founders Eduard Gotovtsev and Aisen Gotovtsev said Fntastic has greater than 100 full-time inside “volunteers,” which additionally means “staff,” from locations like Singapore, Russia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Ukraine, Finland, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.
Fntastic additionally works with “supporters,” who assist with testing and reviewing, and it really works with about 40 of those folks within the US and worldwide. Presumably some people who find themselves engaged on The Day Earlier than are being paid, however official particulars are unavailable. Yow will discover out extra about “life at Fntastic” within the video above.
The Day Earlier than offers off some main The Final of Us vibes, as we noticed in a previous 13-minute gameplay demo. It’s set in a post-pandemic America the place zombies are a continuing hazard and the remaining people are preventing to regulate what valuable few assets stay.
The sport has lots of hype behind it already, as The Day Earlier than was, for a time period, Steam’s most wishlisted game.
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