Developer Fntastic has announced that the release date of its open-world survival MMO The Day Before has been pushed back to November 10, 2023 because its title has been privately trademarked in the United States. As a result, Fntastic will also delay a “long” gameplay video it planned to release later in January, but promises to “definitely work everything out.”
Read the full statement below:
— Fntastic (@FntasticHQ) January 25, 2023
Right before the release, Steam blocked our game page at the request of a private person, because of the name The Day Before.
As you know, our game was announced in January 2021. At the time of the announcement, The Day Before game trademark was available.
After the announcement of the game, the person mentioned above filed with us an application to register the game trademark The Day Before in the United States: https://uspto.report/TM/79314174
Previously we were not aware of the existence of lawsuits. We learned about this only on January 19, 2023, when we received a complaint from him and a request to contact him.
Now we find out all the circumstances of the incident and we will definitely solve everything.
We had previously planned to post a long gameplay video later this month, but we’ll have to sort out the issue first. We will post a video soon.
As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the launch to November 10, 2023. We understand that this may disappoint many of our fans, but we want to ensure that we release the best game possible.
100% of our focus remains on the game itself and how to provide you with the best game possible.
Thank you and we hope for your support.
Sincerely, MYTONA and FNTASTIC
According to United States Patent and Trademark Office entrySeoul-based “Lee, Sung Jae” filed the trademark application for the name in the US on June 24, 2021. That was nearly six months after The Day Before was announced on January 27 earlier this year. Fntastic claims to have learned of an application trademark just last week after receiving a complaint from Lee.Following Lee’s complaint, Steam has now also blocked The previous day’s store page.
A “lengthy” The Day Before gameplay video was supposed to be released in January, but Fntastic said it would “consult with lawyers” before publishing, promising to “release a video as soon as possible.” Keep in mind that Le hasn’t been trademarked yet, so the game may still be released as The Day Before if Fntastic manages to get the name back.
the day before Now set to launch on November 10, 2023 on PC via Steam. Stay tuned here on MP1st for further developments in the situation.