When The day before was first announced, fans around the world immediately fell in love with the pitch. It’s a post-apocalyptic MMO that has drawn comparisons to the The last of us and The division, featuring survival elements, open-world gameplay, and high production values. It quickly became Steam’s most searched title, and it’s gone super quiet since its delay.
It’s actually completely normal, except the delay itself was weird. About a month away from release, developer Fntastic has announced that they are delaying The day beforewhich is never a good sign this close to release, but also announced that they were going to move the game to Unreal Engine 5. Their goal was to do that in less than a year and release The day before on March 1, 2023, which seems free at best. This is especially true given the recent update regarding its personnel.
Something almost unheard of, The day before Developer Fntastic has updated its site to reveal that the company works with volunteers. Such a production built on the backs of volunteers is not a good sign. According to the website, Fntastic offers full-time volunteers and part-time volunteers, which is an odd designation, and it seems full-time volunteers are limited but paid. Part-time volunteers receive “cool rewards, certificates of participation and free codes” as compensation, and they do everything from moderation to translation.
“Fntastic’s culture is based on the idea of volunteering,” the site says, and the video attached to the site can only be described as eerie. As one man describes the benefits of volunteering to The day before Fntastic developer, another stands there oddly, smiling. The man speaks towards the end of the video, but the many reactions to this news range from confusion to suspicion and anger.
To many, this spells out employee exploitation, and to others, it smacks of scam. Some have already compared this The day before news at Abandoned, a game that got tons of attention with little or nothing to show for it and many deducted it as a scam. The Day Before showed more than that, but not enough to prove the game is legit. And having such high production values in a game by a small developer is one thing, but doing it with unpaid core labor seems highly unlikely.
All in all, it’s a strange situation and it brings everyone The previous day trailer in unusual light. Fans should wait and see how this pans out, but perhaps treat the game with more skepticism than ever.
The day before is set to release on March 1, 2023.
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