February 2, 2023

Enigmatic survival MMO The Day Earlier than was set for launch on March 1st, however devs Fntastic have introduced that it’s slipping to November tenth as a consequence of trademark issues. Within the newest uncommon twist in The Day Earlier than’s growth, Fntastic shared an announcement explaining the delay that credit it to a US trademark submitting that the corporate missed. Oddly, The Day Earlier than’s retailer web page additionally appears to have disappeared from Steam inside the previous day.

The Day Earlier than moved over to Unreal Engine 5 growth final 12 months.

Fntastic’s rationalization for the delay is that the identify wasn’t truly trademarked again when The Day Earlier than was introduced in January 2021. An utility to trademark The Day Earlier than was made by one Solar Jae Lee of Seoul, South Korea in Could 2021. That utility was subsequently accepted and registered in November 2022. Fntastic defined that they weren’t conscious of the trademark registration till they had been contacted final week by the holder, and mentioned they “will certainly clear up every little thing”. The corporate had filed their very own trademark declare for The Day Earlier than in January final 12 months.

That does imply there’ll be a delay earlier than The Day Earlier than, a sport we have seen basically nothing of that is labored on by paid and unpaid volunteers, sees the sunshine of day. Fntastic mentioned they needed to make sure they “launch the very best sport attainable”, which I reckon means they nonetheless wish to name The Day Earlier than, although replies to their tweet are extra… incredulous. The trademark issues imply {that a} reveal of unedited footage of the sport in motion, introduced for later this month, will not go forward within the brief time period. “For the gameplay video, we’ll seek the advice of with attorneys first, after which we are able to publish it,” Fntastic mentioned in a follow-up tweet.

Much more oddly, the sport’s Steam retailer web page was eliminated forward of Fntastic sharing information of The Day Earlier than’s delay. Responding to a query on The Day Earlier than Steam neighborhood concerning the disappearance, a Fntastic consultant claimed the web page was “experiencing a minor technical problem” that must be resolved throughout Steam upkeep. “It is a recognized bug that has affected a number of titles previously,” they continued. Hmm. “We kindly ask that you simply chorus from sending destructive messages or becoming a member of in with the complaints of others. Relaxation assured that our sport might be seen on the Steam retailer once more as soon as the upkeep is full.” Nonetheless cannot spot it anyplace, lads.

The Day Earlier than is now due out on Steam on November tenth. I’d hyperlink to the web page, but it surely’s nonetheless not again up.

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