The Day Before is Now Delayed, Moving to Unreal Engine 5

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The Day Before

The Day Before hit us as “part DayZ, a smidge of The Last of Us, and a bit of The Division tossed in for good measure.” The open-world MMO survival game with zombies apparently wasn’t the most original concept ever, but the games it’s motivated by are pretty good, and it’s being developed by the team that created The Wild Eight, the game that lets you eat your own dead body to stay in a pinch. In my book that makes The Day Before worth a second look all on its own.

The Day Before is very desirable right now, It’s number one on Steam’s top wishlist chart. sadly, we’re going to have to wait longer than expected. In a bit of good news-bad news, developer Fntastic told IGN that it’s changing to Unreal Engine 5, but that means it’s going to be delayed by nearly a year past its planned date.

“Feeling and understanding the great responsibility that we face, with enormous gratitude in our hearts, we’re pleased to announce that The Day Before is switching to the new Unreal Engine 5 technology!” the studio said. “The transition to a more developed and adapted open worlds engine will make the gameplay of The Day Before even more remarkable.

“In this regard, we inform you that the new release date of the game will be March 1st, 2023.”

The Day Before looks stunning in the release date trailer from last year that’s embedded above but the shift to UE5 could pay real dividends. We noted in our look at the new engine last month that it offers a number of features specific to open-world games: One, called World Partition, handles on-the-fly loading and unloading of open worlds as players move through them, while another, Data Layers, enables developers to “create different variations of the same world—such as daytime and nighttime versions, or intact and broken geometry—as layers that exist in the same space.”

Fntastic isn’t the only studio choose to make the switch to Unreal Engine 5. CD Projekt revealed in March that The Witcher 4 will use UE5 and Mafia 4 will also use the incredible engine, also because of its open-world capabilities.

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