Fntastic, the developers behind the doomed third-person shooter The Day Before, has shut down – just a few days after the game’s Early Access release on Steam.
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In a tweet on social media platform X, Fntastic deemed the game to be a financial failure and claimed that they would use all the “income received” to pay off debts to their partners.
“Today, we announce the closure of Fntastic studio. 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 official statement reads. “We invested all our efforts, resources, and man-hours into the developer of The Day Before, which was our first huge game. We really wanted to release new patches to reveal the full potential of the game, but unfortunately, we don’t have the funding to continue the work.”
In a last attempt to defend themselves – among calls that the game was a scam to make money – Fntastic also noted 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.”
Following the announcement, the publisher and investor behind The Day Before, Mytona, posted their own statement, assuring users of refunds. “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.”
The Day Before has had a tumultuous development cycle. First announced in 2021, the game received much attention for its impressive visuals and gameplay mix of The Division and The Last of Us. However, the game would soon surround itself in controversy and saw numerous delays and delisting from Steam over a trademark disagreement. The developers were also accused of asset flipping, which seems to have been true as the final release liberally uses pre-packaged assets available on the Unreal Engine store, right down to its environments and even the menus.
Following the release of the game, a once most wish-listed game on Steam saw a 90% player count drop in just four days, with players raising issues over the myriad of bugs and server issues and complaining that the game wasn’t the MMO survival game that was promised. Instead, it was an extraction shooter and a terrible one at that.
Not to let a dead horse be dead, several MMO developers jumped on the bandwagon to parody the apology statement from Fntastic. DayZ developer Bohemia Interaction was the first to troll, structuring their “statement” in a similar fashion but instead celebrating the game’s 10th anniversary of its release in Early Access.
Soon after, the developers behind Rust also released their own statement; however, instead of writing an original document, they simply used the one released by Bohemia, scratched out certain words, and replaced them when applicable.
As a final punch to the gut, it seems Fntastic are erasing all traces of their existence. The game is no longer available to buy on Steam, which sits at an ‘Overwhelmingly Negative’ rating with 20,000+ reviews. The developers have also shut down its official website and YouTube channel, and the CEO, Eduard Gotovtsev, has also deleted his account on X and Linkedin.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.