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Fntastic's 'The Day Before': Controversy Over Jibe at Journalists and Game Disappointments

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Salman Khan
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Fntastic's 'The Day Before': Controversy Over Jibe at Journalists and Game Disappointments

The gaming world has been stung with controversy surrounding the release of 'The Day Before,' a post-apocalyptic zombie-themed extraction shooter game developed by Fntastic. The game recently became available in Early Access on PC after numerous delays and has sparked a debate within the gaming community. The focus of the controversy is a caustic phrase directed at journalists, inserted by the developers into the game.

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A Jibe at Journalists

Players exploring the dark world of 'The Day Before' may stumble upon a bulletproof vest marked with 'PRESS,' an international convention for war correspondents and journalists. Upon equipping the vest and highlighting it in the inventory, a message appears stating that wearing it might garner a sliver of sympathy from enemies. However, it bluntly adds, 'let's be honest, no one likes journalists'. This disrespectful comment has fueled discussions and criticism of the developer's choice to include such a statement in the game.

Falling Short of Expectations

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Beyond the controversy, 'The Day Before' has been met with disappointment from players. The game, which was touted as an open-world MMO entry, has been criticized for barely containing any open-world or MMO elements. Players have reported various issues such as subpar shooting mechanics, poor audio and sounds, an empty “open world,” and more. The game has been labeled as an 'overwhelmingly Negative' release on Steam, affirming that it has failed to meet expectations, despite finally coming out.

Plagiarism and Marketing Controversy

Prior to its official release, 'The Day Before' was already mired in controversy. Accusations were made regarding plagiarism of its name and trailer. In addition, changes made by the studio to its YouTube account led to accusations of a fake marketing scheme, straining the perception of gamers further. This series of controversies and the game's failure to meet player expectations have significantly challenged Fntastic's credibility, and the studio now faces an uphill battle in regaining player trust.

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