Controversial, PC-only shooter The Day Earlier than is formally lifeless, barely a month and a half after its launch. Steam’s much-hyped zombie recreation, which noticed developer Fntastic shutter its doorways nearly instantly after launch, is now completely unplayable. For just a few weeks following its disastrous debut, it existed in a state of limbo, however on January 22, The Day Earlier than’s servers have been switched off and numerous different facets related to the sport, equivalent to its official web site, now not perform. RIP.
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The Day Earlier than was certainly one of Steam’s most wishlisted titles of 2023, whereas courting controversy amongst players and business members. The dev staff incentivized volunteers to work on the challenge by providing “free codes” and “participation certificates” and in January of 2023, the sport was pulled from Valve’s recreation distribution platform over supposed trademark points that resulted in a nine-month delay. To place it bluntly, Fntastic’s zombie survival MMO has confronted a litany of issues on the street to—and after—its early entry launch on December 7, 2023. It was a dramatic saga that resulted in flames as The Day Earlier than had ceased operations mere days after its huge launch on Steam.
Now, as reported by IGN, the sport’s servers are formally lifeless and buried. We already knew that The Day Earlier than’s servers would shut down immediately; Fntastic stated as a lot on X/Twitter on December 22. Properly, the time has come. Pour one out for The Day Earlier than, y’all.
The newly lifeless servers aren’t the one indication that the sport, and the staff behind it, are fading away like The Avengers after the snap. Fntastic hasn’t tweeted since that December 22 announcement, The Day Earlier than’s web site license has expired, and Fntastic’s web site is now only a JPEG asserting the studio’s closure as of December 12. That’s a lifeless recreation if I’ve ever seen one.
Across the time that The Day Earlier than was burning down, writer Mytona promised that refunds would get issued mechanically to any participant who requested one. Apparently, in the event you verify Mytona’s web site now, The Day Earlier than is just not listed wherever. It appears we’re again to the day earlier than The Day Earlier than got here out. Shit occurs, amirite?
Kotaku has reached out to Mytona for remark.
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The Day Earlier than wasn’t recreation. It had game-breaking bugs that blocked progress, glitches that noticed environments disappear, flaws that brought on characters to get caught on the planet, and many extra issues. Possibly it’s higher that the sport bought taken out to pasture, however with 2023 seeing 60 video games die and this 12 months seeing greater than 3,400 business layoffs in simply its first few weeks, it’s nonetheless a bummer when any recreation will get killed off because the business slowly consolidates and retracts.