In an intriguing turn of events, “The Day Before,” a previously hotly-anticipated video game on Steam’s wishlist, has been entangled in a series of issues that have caused fans some concern over the game’s legitimacy.
The Day Before, developed by Fntastic, encountered a significant roadblock due to a naming dispute with an existing calendar application, TheDayBefore.
This trademark disagreement led to the removal of the game’s promotional content from platforms such as Steam and YouTube, leaving fans questioning the future of the game.
Addressing the issues, Fntastic’s co-founders, Eduard and Aisen Gotovtsev, embarked on a mission to provide clarity.
Despite the calendar app’s assertion of holding the name since 2010, the Gotovtsevs stand firm in their belief that they were the first to use this name in the realm of video gaming. The co-founders reassured their audience that the game will soon return to Steam and is set to reclaim its coveted position on the wishlist.
As part of their strategy to tackle the trademark issue, the Gotovtsevs announced a new partnership with their publisher, Mytona. This collaboration resulted in the formation of a joint
Fntastic has also faced scrutiny over their use of volunteer labor for their projects, including The Day Before.
Despite the criticism, the Gotovtsevs underscored their unique work culture centered on volunteerism. They highlighted the involvement of over 300 volunteers, hailing from 30 different nationalities, currently engaged in designing easter eggs for the game.
As the game’s November 10 release date nears, these volunteer responsibilities are expected to expand.
As part of their recent updates, Fntastic also released a new trailer for the game. Unfortunately, it seemed to add more confusion than clarity, offering little solid information about the game.
A standout comment on the trailer’s YouTube page noted the game’s propensity to look remarkably different with each new showcase. Despite these challenges, fans and industry watchers alike await to see how The Day Before evolves, navigating both trademark disputes and questions of work culture in the lead-up to its release.