The developers behind The Day Before, Fntastic, have confirmed that the game’s Steam page has been taken offline following a copyright claim against the MMO – after an unrelated individual had previously trademarked the name. In a detailed message via the developer’s Twitter account, they confirmed that this would lead to a nine month delay for the MMO, which shifts the projected release date from March to November 10, 2023.
According to a message from the studio, the removal of the game from Steam was due to a “minor technical difficulty” that Fntastic were addressing. The studio added that it was a “known bug that has affected multiple titles in the past. Please note that Steam regularly conducts maintenance on Tuesdays and this issue will likely be resolved during that time.”
In an update earlier this morning on Jan. 25, Fntastic shared a lengthy message with their fans to confirm that The Day Before’s Steam page had been blocked “at the request of a private individual” concerning the name of the game. “As you know, our game was announced in January 2021. At the time of the announcement, The Day Before game trademark was available. After the announcement, the above-mentioned individual filled out an application before us to register the game trademark The Day Before in the United States.”
Beforehand, Fntastic says they were “not aware” of the claim, adding that they intend to “find out all the circumstances of the incident and we will definitely solve everything. We previously planned to post a lengthy gameplay video later this month, but we’ll have to sort this issue out first. We will post a video asap.”
Fntastic making it sound like they're doing us a special favor by releasing actual gameplay of their videogame (the game releases in 6 weeks). pic.twitter.com/cHDlb0TGau
— Skill Up (@SkillUpYT) January 15, 2023
“We understand this may disappoint many of our fans, however we want to ensure we release the best possible game. Our 100 percent focus remains on the game itself and how to deliver you the best game possible,” the statement continues. Last week on Jan 15, Fntastic announced that they would release “raw gameplay footage” which would showcase “numerous requests” that they had received from the wider community, despite the game being scheduled to launch in March.
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