The Day Before Release Date – Why We Might Not See the Title This Year

By Rachael Fiddis

June 23, 2021

As we come to the end of June with still no release date in sight, The Day Before‘s eerily silence is almost deafening.

At a time when the world itself was in the midst of trying to survive a global pandemic, video game studio Fntastic released a trailer at the start of the year that took players into the world of a different kind of survival that included flesh-hungry infected roaming the streets.

The Day Before – Announcement Trailer

The Day Before – Announcement Trailer

Quickly becoming one of the most anticipated games of 2021, The Day Before seemed like it would satisfy the empty space left over from The Last of Us Part 2‘s post-apocalyptic horror and also give The Division players something to quench their thirst outside of the streets of Washington, D.C.

As we approach the end of the proposed release window of Q2 2021 set by the devs, it’s beginning to look more and more likely that this open-world MMO might not see the light of day this year and maybe, at best, come out from behind the shadows towards the end of 2021.

So, what are some of the reasons, in my opinion, for thinking that The Day Before might not arrive when it said it would? Firstly, we have the impending Q2 of 2021 coming to an end in a week so it’s highly unlikely that Fntastic will ship the game in that short time period.

There’s also the matter of maintaining some level of hype around the game’s eager fanbase. Another trailer showcasing more of the game’s world, different types of infected, weapons and maybe even a little context around the title’s characters would be needed at this stage well before a game’s launch date.

The most recent trailer for The Day Before was all the way back in April where we got to see a glimpse of the vehicles used to travel around the game’s stunning locations as well as a short in-game presentation of the houses and stores you can explore on your journey. There’s no doubt about it that the title looks fantastic, but the fact that we’ve had radio silence since then is certainly worrying.

We also need to keep in mind that a statement was made in an interview with Fntastic co-founders Ed Gotovtsev and Aisen Gotovtsev in which that said that a “pre-launch beta, but only for thousands of lucky ones” would happen. Obviously, this hasn’t gone to plan for whatever reason. At least for their current release date of Q2 2021.

Of course, with the game being compared to such heavy hitters like The Last of Us this would undoubtedly bring with it some pressure and it feels likely that the developers are taking the time to polish and maintain a great game that will meet expectations. If anything, Cyberpunk 2077 mess of a launch has certainly brought with it more food for thought when wanting to push out a game that isn’t finished so delays are always a good thing.

Whatever the studio decides to do, I hope they will keep their fans in the loop sooner rather than later. I know I can speak for many others when I say this but I can’t wait to jump into the horror of its world.

As it currently stands, The Day Before will release on PC and it’s still set to release in Q2 2021.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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