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The Day Before Delayed To November 2023 Amid Trademark Dispute And Legal Issues

Post-apocalyptic zombie game The Day Before, which has been criticized for its reported use of unpaid workers, has been delayed until November 2023, partly due to a trademark issue, it appears. The game has been moved from March 2023 to November 2023.

Developer Fntastic and publisher Mytona said in a statement that Steam blocked The Day Before from getting a page on the store due to a request from a private individual about the game’s name. The studio said that when it announced The Day Before in January 2021, the name “The Day Before” was available to brand as a video game. After this, a person registered that name with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and beat Fntastic to the limit.

Fntastic further stated that it found out about the trademark issue on January 19, 2023, when the person who owns The Day Before’s video game trademark reached out with a request to speak. “Now we are finding out all the circumstances of the incident and we will definitely solve everything,” Fntastic said.

The studio went on to say that they had planned to release a “long” gameplay video for The Day Before in January, but now the video will not be released until the studio can sort out this issue. The video will be posted as soon as possible, the studio said. A new gameplay video for The Day Before was released during CES 2023. For the new gameplay video, Fntastic says that lawyers must approve its release.

As for the delay, Fntastic said it was necessary to move The Day Before to November 10, 2023, and he understands that this may disappoint some fans. “However, we want to ensure that we release the best possible game,” said Fntastic.

“Our 100% focus remains on the game itself and how to deliver you the best game possible. Thank you and we hope for your support,” the team said.

In May 2022, Fntastic announced that The Day Before had moved to the Unreal Engine 5, leading to a delay to 2023. Fntastic, which is a remote studio that has never released a game, describes its workers as “volunteers.” Company founders Eduard Gotovtsev and Aisen Gotovtsev said Fntastic has more than 100 full-time internal “volunteers,” which also means “employees” from places like Singapore, Russia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Ukraine, Finland, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Fntastic also works with “supporters” who help with testing and review, and it works with about 40 of these people in the US and worldwide. Presumably, some people working on The Day Before are being paid, but official details are not available. You can find out more about “life at Fntastic” in the video above.

The Day Before gives off some major The Last of Us vibes, as we saw in a previous 13-minute gameplay demo. It takes place in a post-pandemic America where zombies are a constant threat and the remaining humans fight to control what precious few resources remain.

The game already has a lot of hype behind it, as The Day Before was Steam’s most wishlist game for a period of time.

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