The Day Before, Fntastic’s not-so-fantastic recent game, which was so disastrous its developer closed down shortly after the its launch, will have its servers turned off less than two months after the game’s release. As a game which requires an online connection, this will render The Day Before effectively unplayable after this point. Before the servers go down, Steam and the game’s publisher Mytona are working to “proactively refund all remaining players“.
In a post on Steam, the publisher announced the game’s impending closure. The post confirms that The Day Before “will be retired and the servers will be turned off on January 22, 2024. As previously communicated, Mytona, as the investor, has been working in collaboration with Steam to facilitate refunds for all game purchasers. For any players that have not already had their purchase refunded, Steam will now proactively refund all remaining players.
We extend our gratitude for the community’s support throughout the project’s life. Unfortunately, without a development team, we had no alternative choice but to officially close the project.”
Steam has not made a public comment as of yet regarding when and how the refund process will go ahead. While all live service or always-online games eventually shut down, two months is a very short lifespan for a game like this, even one with an “Overwhelmingly Negative” review average on Steam. As such, refunding players for a game that will functionally not work anymore in just a few weeks seems like the fair thing to do.
At any rate, we will have to wait for Steam to make a formal statement regarding offering of refunds. For those of you who bought the game during the brief period it was available for purchase before being withdrawn from sale, you will have until the 22nd of January 2024 before the servers are shut down.