In a shocking turn of events, The Day Before, a highly anticipated game, not only failed to meet expectations but also managed to prove all the skeptics right. From its lack of content to its technical messiness, and even its failure to deliver on its marketed promises, this shooter was promptly met with scathing reviews and disappointment upon release.
Just four days after its launch, developer Fntastic announced the closure of the game and promptly took it off the market. To add insult to injury, the game's servers were shut down, finally putting an end to its tumultuous existence. Thankfully, this meant that the game became entirely unplayable, much to the relief of those who had purchased it, and refunds were offered to soothe the wounded souls.
Despite this catastrophic failure and the subsequent shutdown, Fntastic decided to take to Twitter to defend itself and its ill-fated creation. However, their chosen approach was rather bizarre, as they opted to go on the offensive. Fntastic attributed the game's abysmal state to "negative bias" and a "hate campaign" perpetuated by certain bloggers who apparently profited from the game's negativity, thus tarnishing its reputation.
In a feeble attempt to salvage their wounded pride, Fntastic pointed to the gameplay of Dr. Disrespect, a popular streamer, who apparently enjoyed the game despite its initial flaws. According to Fntastic, they fixed the bugs and server issues later, resulting in improved reviews over the weekend. Unfortunately, by then, the damage inflicted by the alleged hate campaign had already taken its toll.
Curiously, Fntastic failed to address the question on everyone's mind: why did they choose to shut down the game and remove it from sale just days after its release? But hold on, there's more! The developer went on to mention petitions calling for the revival of The Day Before and the exorbitant prices scalpers were fetching for Steam keys.
Their statement continued, revealing that many players reached out to them after sales closed, claiming that bloggers had deceived them and expressing their fondness for the game. Some even requested access to it. Fntastic also discovered that petitions had been created to continue the game's development. Meanwhile, on the black market, the game's price soared above $200, and enthusiasts even began crafting their own mods.
Strangely, despite officially announcing their closure, Fntastic hinted that they're still lingering around, urging people to subscribe to their social networks to stay informed about what comes next. Whatever that may be, let's hope that audiences exercise extreme caution if they dare to venture into Fntastic's future endeavors.
In our review of The Day Before, GamingBolt awarded it an unprecedented score of 1/10, a milestone that hadn't been reached in over a dozen years. Our scathing review emphasized the game's abysmal quality, stating, "There's a reason the phrase 'buyer beware' remains relevant, and it's because of games like The Day Before. The only silver lining to its miserable existence is that you can no longer purchase it."
⚡ Recently, a deluge of misinformation has flooded the internet, purportedly from anonymous sources. Fntastic has now issued an official response to these statements. #fntastic #thedaybefore pic.twitter.com/zRKWQ1nfmr
— Fntastic (@FntasticHQ) January 24, 2024