The post-apocalyptic zombie sport The Day Earlier than, which has been criticized for its reported use of unpaid employees, has been delayed to November 2023 due partly to a trademark subject, it appears. The sport has been pushed from March 2023 to November 2023.
Developer Fntastic and writer Mytona mentioned in an announcement that Steam blocked The Day Earlier than from getting a web page on the shop resulting from a request from a personal particular person over the sport’s identify. The studio mentioned when it introduced The Day Earlier than in January 2021, the identify “The Day Earlier than” was obtainable to trademark as a online game. After this, an individual registered that identify with the US Patent and Trademark Workplace, beating Fntastic to the punch.
Fntastic went on to say that it discovered concerning the trademark subject on January 19, 2023, when the particular person 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 the whole lot,” Fntastic mentioned.
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 “type this subject out.” The video can be posted “ASAP,” the studio mentioned. A brand new gameplay video for The Day Earlier than was launched throughout CES 2023. For the brand new gameplay video, Fntastic says attorneys need to approve its launch.
For the gameplay video, we’ll seek the advice of with attorneys first, after which we will publish it.
— Fntastic (@FntasticHQ) January 25, 2023
Relating to the delay, Fntastic mentioned it was essential to push The Day Earlier than to November 10, 2023, and it understands this would possibly disappoint some followers. “Nonetheless, we need to guarantee we launch the absolute best sport,” Fntastic mentioned.
“Our 100% focus stays on the sport itself and find out how to ship you one of the best sport attainable. Thanks and we hope on your assist,” the group mentioned.
In Could 2022, Fntastic introduced that The Day Earlier than 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 sport, describes its employees as “volunteers.” Firm founders Eduard Gotovtsev and Aisen Gotovtsev mentioned Fntastic has greater than 100 full-time inner “volunteers,” which additionally means “workers,” 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 individuals 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. You’ll find out extra about “life at Fntastic” within the video above.
The Day Earlier than provides off some main The Final of Us vibes, as we noticed in a earlier 13-minute gameplay demo. It’s set in a post-pandemic America the place zombies are a continuing hazard and the remaining people are combating to regulate what treasured few sources stay.
The sport has lots of hype behind it already, as The Day Earlier than was, for a time period, Steam’s most wishlisted sport.
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