"The Day Before" Server Shutdown: Countdown and Closure

Originally published at: “The Day Before” Server Shutdown: Countdown and Closure – Alphagamer

Mytona and FNTastic, the companies behind the game “The Day Before” a post apocalyptic survival MMO, today announced the closure of the The Day Before servers on the 22 of January. This doesn’t come as a surprise after the disastrous launch of the game on the 7th of December. With the game releasing in “Early Access” on Steam the expectations have not been met and the list of issues was endless, ranging from players falling through the floor into nothing to a significant delay of weapon-fire registering on both PVE and PVP targets.

The Day Before was first announced in January 2021 and was the most wish-listed game on Steam. The game was supposed to be released in June 2022 which got delayed to March 2023 which in turn got delayed to the 7th of December 2023. Due to the “Overwhelmingly Negative” reception FnTastic announced the closure of its doors on the 11th of December.

The customer reviews don’t lie. At the time of writing Steam has 23,788 reviews scoring Overwhelmingly Negative with some very sharp comments. However one thing comes through a lot of the review and comments.

Will always remember ” THE GREAT SCAM”

It remains unclear if this can really be considered a scam or just an extremely underwhelming release of a not finished game. The studio didn’t crowdfund the game and due to the close is refunding all purchases, even though not meeting Steam thresholds to allow a refund which means the income the studio made since release is being paid back.

The following message was posted on Steam:

Dear Community,

We regret to inform you that the development company Fntastic has officially ceased operations, and as a result The Day Before will be retired and the servers will be turned off on 22 January 2024.

As previously communicated, Mytona, as the investor, has been working in collaboration with Steam to facilitate refunds for all game purchasers. For any players that have not already had their purchase refunded, Steam will now proactively refund all remaining players.

We extend our gratitude for the community’s support throughout the project’s life. Unfortunately, without a development team, we had no alternative choice but to officially close the project.

We sincerely thank all our supporters throughout this journey and wish you all a happy holiday season.

The dumpster fire of one studio is an opportunity for another. The game “Once Human” currently going through Beta tests, made good use of the momentum in the MMO survival space by having some high profile streamers play their game on stream. More on this game soon on Alphagamer.net.