(CTN News) – On Thursday, December 7, the game developer Fantastic released their highly anticipated game, The Day Before, on the Steam platform. However, just a few days later on Monday, December 11, Fntastic announced that they would be shutting down.
Fantastic explained that the reason behind this unfortunate decision is the game’s financial failure, leaving them without sufficient funds to continue operating.
They have been using all the income generated by the game to pay off the debts they owe to their development partners.
The Day Before, a thrilling zombie extraction shooter, had gained significant attention even before its release and was one of the most wish-listed games on Steam. However, it faced a setback at the beginning of 2023 when it was temporarily removed from the platform due to a trademark dispute regarding its title. Fortunately, this issue was eventually resolved.
As of now, the game has received predominantly negative reviews on Steam, similar to the initial reception of Overwatch 2 earlier this year.
Can you provide an update on the current situation regarding Fantastic and The Day Before?
Fantastic emphasized in its statement that it never accepted any form of public funding, such as pre-orders or crowdfunding, throughout the development of the game. The studio dedicated all its efforts, resources, and manpower solely to the game’s creation.
Established in 2015, Fntastic has previously released titles like The Wild Eight and Dead Dozen. However, this particular game was intended to be their “first major project.”
If Day Before had achieved commercial success, The Day Before developer would have continued to support it with patches to maximize its potential.
Unfortunately, with the studio’s closure, the future of both Day Before and their upcoming 2021 title, Propnight, remains uncertain. Nevertheless, both games will continue to be playable for the time being.
The studio concluded by stating that they had exerted every possible effort, but regrettably, they had misjudged their capabilities. Developing games is an immensely challenging undertaking.
The Day Before is not the only game in 2023 facing difficulties with its developer. Earlier this year, Skull Island: Rise of Kong and Lord of the Rings: Gollum were also developed under allegedly unfavorable conditions by their respective studios.
While IguanaBee and Daedelic are still active, it is evident that this year has witnessed increased scrutiny of games that suffer from insufficient funding and inadequate resources.