The Day Earlier than has been delayed 8 months over alleged trademark points

The Day Earlier than, an upcoming MMO that’s presently the second most wishlisted recreation on Steam, has been delayed by eight months.

Developer Fntastic posted a press release on Twitter in the present day, claiming: “Steam blocked our recreation web page on the request of a personal particular person, due to the title The Day Earlier than.”

Fntastic claims it wasn’t conscious of “the existence of claims” till January 19, when it acquired a grievance from the person.

This assertion got here hours after the studio claimed that The Day Earlier than’s Steam web page had disappeared as a result of a “minor technical issue.”

The assertion goes on to say that when The Day Earlier than was introduced in 2021, the title’s trademark was nonetheless out there, and was then secured by the non-public particular person earlier than Fnatic may trademark it.

In keeping with the US Patent and Buying and selling Workplace doc Fntastic hyperlinks to in its assertion, the applying to register The Day Earlier than as a trademark was filed in June 2021, 5 months after the sport’s announcement.

Fntastic’s assertion goes on to say that as a result of ongoing situation a “prolonged gameplay video” that has been promised for a while has additionally been delayed, and that the sport – which was deliberate for launch on March 1 – will now be launched on November 10, 2023.

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The Day Earlier than is an “open-world MMO survival set in a lethal, post-pandemic America overrun by flesh-hungry contaminated and survivors killing one another for meals,” in line with the presently inactive Steam web page.

Fntastic claims that the sport has been in growth for over 4 years, although the studio attracted criticism when it emerged that the sport is being largely developed by volunteers.

It’s additionally been claimed by many following the sport that “ripped belongings” from a number of different titles may be noticed within the brief gameplay clips the workforce has posted.