A brand new teaser trailer and details for The Day Before have been shared in an exclusive interview with our friends at WellPlayed.
Let’s start with the trailer, which is something special. In the36 second exclusive look at this upcoming MMO survival game, we see a sports car racing through the streets of a big city before the tagline “get ready for the best survival experience of the year” appears on screen, followed by some epic voice-over that’s going to ‘world exclusive’ trailers at this week’s Summer Games Fest to shame.
Check it out below.
In the interview itself, Zach Jackson spoke to Eduard and Aisen Gotovtsev, co-founders of Fntastic, the developer behind The Day Before, about the somewhat mysterious game, trouble behind the scenes with copyright issues, and unpaid labourers.
The Day Before has been delisted from Steam for several months following copyright issues with a calendar app. The app’s developers told Eurogamer in February, “we first distributed the app under the name ‘The Day Before’ in 2010 to provide anniversary count app services used in many countries around the world. We hold trademark rights to the app’s name ‘The Day Before’ and have so far recorded over 40m downloads.”
Talking to WellPlayed, Fntastic sounds very certain they’ll get the issue sorted, with their game coming out on top:
“We believe that power is in the truth. We were the first to start using this name related to the video game. This is an indisputable fact. Rooted in our belief in justice, we are optimistic about regaining our name through legal proceedings as swiftly as possible.”
Another issue that Fntastic has been facing is the concerns around their use of volunteers to help develop their game. They call it an “innovative work culture based on the philosophy of volunteerism.” The team also thinks it has a definitive ” distinction from soulless corporations,” as seen in its earlier days when it Kickstarted its debut game, The Wild Eight. Although there is something to be said for Kickstarter games, comparing funding to un-paid labour is a first, as far as I am aware.
The game itself sounds massive, with the ability to team up with others to explore a vast city called ‘New Fortune City.’ Players will be able to purchase hours, vehicles and more. Player’s homes can be fully furnished, be a hangout area for friends and be an area to relax from the hectic nature of the rest of The Day Before. There are even jobs available in ‘Woodberry,’ a central hub area which will range from manual labourers to that of a musician. Fntastic didn’t state if you get paid for these jobs in their game or if it’s simply volunteer work.
The Day Before is still set to release on November 10th, with console versions in the pipeline for sometime later. A beta is also planned prior to the launch of the game.
Read the full interview on WellPlayed now for more, and let me know in the comment section below here what you make of the game and if it’s something you’re looking forward to playing.