The months leading up to a game’s release are always fraught with last-minute panic for developers, but the team behind The Day Before is currently at its worst. Despite being the second-most loved game on the platform with just over a month to go until its scheduled March 1 release date, the team behind The Day Before has since been removed from Steam without any warning to fans due to copyright claims.
Fntastic, the game’s developer, has clearly had a rough 24 hours. According to the on their Twitter, they were only made aware of a copyright claim that caused The Day Before to be removed from Steam on January 24, a few days before, and were working to resolve the issue when the game was delisted. Their story is that they didn’t know about another application for trademark registration just before they could. The confusion was enough that The Day Before had to push the release date back to November so they could deal with all the issues related to this legal pitfall.
It’s clear that the developers were caught off guard by The Day Before being removed from Steam. When it first happened, they sent a post to their community stated that it was due to maintenance on the platform. The team at Fntastic was aware of a copyright claim against the game but didn’t think that was the reason for the game’s sudden delisting. It wasn’t until a few hours later that they clarified the matter on Twitter, possibly after having had very panicky discussions with employees at Valve.
It’s hard not to feel sorry for the team that put so much effort into the game. The open world MMO set in a post-apocalyptic America with just over a month left for it to launch when all of this happens and is highly anticipated by players. The release of a new gameplay video has also been delayed while the team consulted with lawyers to avoid running into any further legal problems.