The Day Before Developer Shuts Down Days After Early Access Release

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After finally releasing The Day Before on Steam Early Access roughly four days ago, developer Fntastic has announced its closure.

On Twitter, it stated that the title has “failed financially, and we lack the funds to continue. All income received is being used to pay off debts to our partners.”

“We invested all our efforts, resources, and man-hours into the development of The Day Before, which was our first huge game. We really wanted to release new patches to reveal the full potential of the game, but unfortunately, we don’t have the funding to continue the work.” The developer notes that no money was taken from “the public” during the game’s development with the lack of pre-orders or “crowdfunding campaigns.”

“We worked tirelessly for five years, pouring our blood, sweat, and tears into the game.” The future of The Day Before and Propnight is up in the air, but servers will remain available for both. “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.”

Fntastic didn’t mention anything about revenue earned from early access sales or how many units were sold to trigger such a decision. As such, given the numerous delays, trademark dispute, shift to early access and user reviews (currently “Overwhelmingly Negative” on Steam) calling out its various issues, many are claiming the entire endeavor to be one big scam. Time will tell if we ever learn the truth about what happened.

Regardless, The Day Before is still available for PC via Steam Early Access. According to SteamDB, it peaked at 6,416 concurrent players in the past 24 hours, a massive drop from the all-time peak of 38,104 at launch.



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IntPosted:

Wow... that is shocking. Disgusting tbf.

GibsnPosted:

defiantly glad i didnt buy this:)

ReidsoPosted:

glad I didn't bother getting this yet

was waiting for them to sort out the game with patches or whatever (which usually happens)

can't believe they gave up and shut down too easily

just like others stating a while back stating it was fake, then a scam,
now it def is a scam move

KixaPosted:

Crazy, that's a heist of the century. Hopefully those poor souls got their money back.

ZombrPosted:

Thankfully played under 2 hours on Steam. Got the money right back. Absolutely shocked at that move.

RuntsPosted:

damn well that is terrible

CTVPosted:

People on twitter are calling this game a scam and that the company is legit running away from the their players with the money they racked in.

FrogPosted:

"We apologize if we didn't meet your expectations."

"If", lol

SamfsPosted:

I lived to witness the biggest scam in the gaming industry!
I hope these guys get what they deserve, this was disgusting.