The Day Before dev Fntastic closes down for obvious reasons

The Day Before dev Fntastic closes down for obvious reasons

The creator of troubled Early Access title The Day Before, Fntastic, is closing its doors.

In a statement on its website, the studio said that this is due to the financial failure of the game, which launched last week. When it was first revealed, The Day Before was the most wishlisted game on Steam; since then, it has had what can only be described as a troubled development. All of this culminated in its release, when it was revealed that the game was a barebones extraction shooter, rather than the expansive zombie MMO that was initially advertised.

The studio's closure on December 11th comes just four games after The Day Before's launch. 

"Unfortunately, The Day Before has failed financially, and we lack the funds to continue," Fntastic wrote

"All income received is being used to pay off debts to our partners.

"We invested all our efforts, resources and man-hours into the development of The Day Before, which was our first hug 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.

"It's important to note 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.

The studio continued: "We did everything within our power. But unfortunately, we miscalculated our possibilities. Creating games is an incredibly challenging endeavor."

Fntastic opened back in 2015.

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