Upcoming Survival MMO The day before was pushed back to November after the developers apparently discovered a hitherto unknown trademark dispute. The new release date is November 10, which is quite a significant delay, so it sounds like you’ll have to wait a bit longer before you can play this highly anticipated game. This dispute has also seen The day beforeSteam page removed.
Fntastic explains the situation on his Twitter page. The studio says that “just before the launch” of The day before (which was originally scheduled to release on March 1 after being delayed), an “individual” contacted them and complained that he was the owner of the trademark of the name The day beforewhich meant that Fntastic couldn’t launch the game.
According to Fntastic, this person filed a trademark application with the studio shortly after the game was announced. You can view that trademark application in the US Patent and Trademark Office website.. The individual in question is Sun Jae Lee, who apparently resides in South Korea. It’s not entirely clear why Lee felt the need to file the trademark claim.
In Fntastic’s announcement, the studio says it didn’t learn of these trademark claims until January 19, but that it has now uncovered “all the circumstances of the incident” and will “definitely resolve everything.” The delay also apparently extends to a gameplay video, which was scheduled to be released later this month. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for that too, as Fntastic says it has to consult with their lawyers before posting the video.
Fntastic says that the game’s delay was decided as a result of the aforementioned legal difficulties. Interestingly, however, the studio later says that while it understands that the delay will disappoint those who are excited about The day before, “we want to make sure we release the best game possible.” That’s a bit of an odd statement to make about a game that was seemingly delayed due to legal shenanigans rather than a need for additional polish.
If you are not familiar with The day before, was originally announced in January 2021, with developer Fntastic promising an open-world survival sandbox MMO where you’ll scavenge for resources while deciding whether to work against or alongside other players. It is being built on Unreal Engine 5 and is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, as well as PC.
The game has been the subject of controversy due to Fntastic’s alleged use of unpaid volunteer labor for purposes such as localization and quality control, but it remains one of the most searched games on Steam (it was ranked second behind Hogwarts Legacy before the Steam page goes down). Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more news on this one.