The Day Before | Delayed again, will now launch in Early Access

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The studio behind The Day Before has delayed the zombie MMO’s release again, and says it’ll now launch in Early Access for $39.

Originally scheduled for release this month, post-apocalyptic survival MMO The Day Before has been delayed once again – this time to the 7th December.

It’s not a huge delay, admittedly, but it’s the latest in a series of setbacks that have swirled around one of the most enigmatic games currently on the horizon. Since it was announced in 2021, The Day Before had garnered both excitement and suspicion, rocketing to the top of Steam’s most-wishlisted games chart, only to be de-listed from the platform altogether following a dispute over the rights to the game’s name.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), developer Fntastic says that the legal tussle over The Day Before brand – which had been bought up by the makers of a calendar app, of all things – had now been settled. The Steam pages has now been restored, and the new release date has been set for 10am PST on the 7th December.

The other major change, though, is that The Day Before will now launch in Early Access – something Fntastic never even hinted at in the years since the game was first announced. “It will be Early Access on Steam since this is our first huge gmae, and there may be unforeseen circumstances,” the developer writes in its X post. “Full version release will happen when we are certain this is the best game possible.”

Fntastic is asking for $39.00 for the Early Access version of its zombie-filled survival game, with the full version going for $49 when it eventually emerges.

As anticipated as The Day Before has been in the past, not least thanks to an indescribably glossy gameplay trailer full of ray-traced neon lights and shadows, a number of red flags have popped up around the project since 2021. Its team is conspicuously small and inexperienced, but its numbers have been bolstered by around 140 or so ‘volunteers’ that essentially provide development services for no payment beyond some nebulous “cool rewards” listed on a now-deleted page on Fntastic’s website.

Then there were all the things that looked suspiciously familiar – a trailer that is almost a shot-for-shot remake of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s. A later gameplay trailer with markedly stripped-back lighting effects and filled with what appeared to be off-the-peg assets purchased from 3D model libraries.

Fntastic has, meanwhile, dismissed rumours that The Day Before is some form of elaborate vaporware. “Anyone can say anything for views,” the studio wrote earlier this year, “and everyone will believe it.”

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