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The Day Before, Just Days After Early Access Launch, Studio Fntastic Announces Closure


“The Day Before has failed financially.”

In an odd twist to the long-running The Day Before development issues, studio Fntastic has announced its closure just days after the game’s early access launch last week.

“Today, we announce the closure of Fntastic studio,” the company said on its X account. “Unfortunately, The Day Before has failed financially, and we lack the funds to continue. All income received is being used to pay off debts to our partners.”

The Day Before and Propnight’s future is “unknown,” according to Fntastic, “but the servers will remain operational.” It is no longer available on Steam.

The full statement is available below:

The statement also emphasizes that “we didn’t take any money from the public during the development of The Day Before; there were no pre-orders or crowdfunding campaigns. We worked tirelessly for five years, pouring our blood, sweat, and tears into the game.”

Publisher Mytona also released a statement saying “ We are sorry for the fact that the game didn’t meet the expectations of the majority of the players. Today we will work with Steam to open up refunds for any players who choose to make a refund. We’re in contact with Fntastic regarding the future of the game.”

The Day Before had some amazing sci-fi  scenes in the storyline

Nonetheless, the closure comes after fans spent money on it, with early access costing $39 (R738.00). However, some players had already requested refunds prior to today’s announcement. The long-controversial game’s early access launch was rocky, to say the least, with negative reviews flooding the Steam page.

Not only was The Day Before plagued by bugs and server problems but there were also complaints that it wasn’t even what it was advertised to be. While it’s marketed as an open-world MMO, many have pointed out that it’s actually an extraction shooter. The backlash was so severe that its player count dropped nearly 90% in four days, and it quickly became one of Steam’s ten worst-reviewed games of all time.

A female character wielding her firearm ready to slay some zombies

That rocky launch came after an already contentious development period. Fntastic first teased The Day Before in 2021 with a five-minute trailer, building anticipation for what appeared to be a massive zombie apocalypse MMO. However, cracks soon appeared, particularly in relation to the studio’s use of unpaid workers. Back in 2022, the team defended the practice, claiming that the “company’s values are built upon the idea of volunteering which means that every person who works or volunteers here is doing that willingly.”

The Day Before had its own share of issues, facing multiple delays, copycat allegations, and even a trademark dispute. By 2023, much of the community had turned against The Day Before, with many even accusing it of being a scam.

Following the announcement of its closure, many fans are renewing their requests for refunds from Steam.