Fntastic, the studio behind The Day Before, recently revealed ten minutes of footage from the ill-fated MMO, and the results were seen by many as lackluster. Criticized online for being devoid of action, zombies, and any sense of scale and ambition, the gameplay has started to draw attention for a new reason entirely. The reason for the renewed controversy is because, on closer inspection, the clip echoes footage from recent Call of Duty trailer videos.
The trailer for the Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War opened with a scene featuring soldiers walking through a building, shot from above them behind a grate. The footage from The Day Before, which has been edited to run parallel to the Call of Duty trailer thanks to some editing by Twitter user Chroma, is undeniably similar. This is then followed by several more shots from The Day Before that echo Call of Duty‘s own. In fairness, it could all still be a coincidence. See for yourself below, and thanks again to Chroma for the comparisons.
I saw someone say I was "reaching" and another person say "I mean shots through ducts/vents and red moodlighting is fairly common cinematic’s"….
So here's both trailers side by side… pic.twitter.com/vz6YngKLR6
— Chroma (@Chromastone10) February 4, 2023
Mood lighting and dramatic close-up shots of operators stalking out darkened buildings are commonplace to create drama and tension in shooter teasers. However, the likeness between the two titles, whether incidental or not, is pretty evident. In a follow-up tweet, which can be seen right here, Chroma shares a series of promotional images for video games such as The Division, Snow Runner, and Resident Evil 2. The marketing material for The Day Before, once again, is strikingly similar.
The Day Before is scheduled for release (pending no further delays) on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series consoles and PC on Nov. 10. What are your thoughts on this trailer situation? Do you see the similarities? Let us know in the comments below and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news.