Steam’s most eager game doesn’t pay workers

The developer of the upcoming Survival title The Day Before relies on unpaid workers to complete the game.

The day before, it came out of nowhere and went viral due to a brief demonstration of the gameplay. The footage shown so far looks like a mix of Ubisoft’s The Division and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us – a zombie survival game in which other players are as dangerous as hordes eating meat. It is play with the most desirable on Steamwith over 100,000 adding it to your pile that you have to play.

An open world. Survival. Triple-A production values. The day before is an ambitious project for a developer that most people haven’t heard of. All the ‘gameplay’ videos released so far have been highly scripted.

It’s the equivalent of a video game to one of those viral videos in which someone throws a basketball back from the right side of the court and it falls through the hoop. You know it’s staged. You know it’s smoke and mirrors and it probably took 1000 attempts to get the footage. But people still share it as if it’s real.

It comes from Fntastic, an unverified programmer who made games like the Dead by Daylight Propnight clone.

According to the developer’s own website, the game was built by an army of unpaid volunteers.

“Fntastic’s culture is based on the idea of ​​volunteering,” the website proudly states. “That means every member of Fntastic is a volunteer.”

But some animals are more equal than others.

“There are two types of volunteers at Fntastic: full-time and part-time,” the page reads. “Volunteers work full time for salaries, and their number is limited. “

If you click on the paid job application link, there are currently no roles available. However, you can apply to be a part-time volunteer to get “great prizes, certificates of participation and free codes”.

These unpaid workers do everything from translation to community moderation. You can also offer your “unique skills to enhance our projects or create new special features”.

In the video on the website, the company gives a sales description of why you should work for free.

“Whatever you do in life, do it willingly or unwillingly,” the video reads. “If you do it voluntarily, it becomes paradise. If you do it reluctantly, it becomes hell. Fantastic culture is based on the idea of ​​volunteering. Being a volunteer means that you willingly participate in working for a common goal. ”

The other person in the video – who has been smiling at the camera so far – says: “The idea of ​​volunteering comes from our own experiences and aspirations. Or, in other words, to become a person who says ‘yes’ to life. Volunteering means that you bring a certain amount of comfort to every action you take. ”

The day before should come out in 2023. It was recently postponed so the game could migrate to Unreal Engine 5.

Written by Kirk McKeand on behalf of GLHF.

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