The Day Before takes place in a deadly, post-pandemic America. “You wake up alone in a world you no longer remember, setting out to find answers and the resources to survive.” At this time, the world has succumbed to the zombie infection. To survive you’ll have to deal will the infected by scavenging for supplies and taking shelter in abandoned houses and buildings. However, apart from zombies, players would also have to deal with other survivors competing for valuable resources.
The most comparable game to The Day Before is The Last Of Us and it’s because of the setting. In this game, you’re set to explore “beautiful yet dangerous places” with”realistic” weapons. And in addition to gunplay, you’ll meet up with survivors trying to restore the world’s former glory.
The Day Before Gameplay
Survive & Scavenge
The Day Before places a strong emphasis on scavenging, and it seems players will have a variety of components and items to collect. According to developer interviews, you can either sell these objects and materials or use them to craft resources like medkits. The team has also revealed the presence of leisure and luxury items, such as comics and watches. Which you can pawn or keep for a bit of entertainment in your free time.
The Day Before is a massive multiplayer so it’s possible for you to meet other players. It’s just up to you if you want to blast or befriend them or even completely ignore each other. It seems like we’ll be seeing a “hub-like” base similar to Destiny 2 and Monster Hunter, where players can interact with one another. They can also join groups, talk to each other, and tackle quests together.
The developers have plans for various holiday events, which may come in the form of holiday-themed rewards such as clothes, weapon skins, etc. The base building will be resource-based, as we’ve seen in games like Fallout 4 or State of Decay.
Battle The Elements
The survival mechanics of The Day Before go a bit deeper than just killing zombies to stay alive. It looks like players will have to monitor three different on-screen gauges: energy, temperature, and dehydration.
A number of factors will affect these gauges, including the food and drinks you consume, and the dynamic weather. If you’re exhausted, it seems you’ll take recurring damage until you eat, with the type of food you choose possibly influencing how much energy you restore.
The dynamic weather system included with The Day Before can decrease and increase your chances of survival. While prolonged exposure to extreme elements will likely kill you, such as getting caught in a blizzard, certain types of weather will allow you to traverse the map undetected. Wind, for example, muffles sound, making it easier to move through an area without alerting nearby enemies or players.
The developers uploaded a clip of how driving works in the game. The clip involves a truck driving through off-road terrain filled with mud. Based on another interview, the developers also mentioned that you may get stuck if your vehicle is not equipped with the proper power to plough through the mud.
The Day Before Combat
From the get-go, the combat looks very simple. The combat centres around the standard third-person shooter that offers players the option to use cars and other objects as cover.
Upon seeing the finale of the gameplay trailer, we saw a brutal close-range shot to the head after the player knocked down the enemy. The developer mentioned that the game boasts multiple finishers or takedowns depending on the equipped weapon.
We are also expecting that The Day Before will have a variety of enemies, all balanced in terms of difficulty to kill. Survival games like these tend to either make enemies really easy to kill or make it incredibly hard. Since the game has been delayed to make it “even more fantastic”, these are the kind of things we should see when the game finally comes out.
The Day Before Platforms
However, there hasn’t been any word if it’ll be coming to the PS4 or Xbox One. But with the announcement of the game migrating to Unreal Engine 5, it seems like it won’t be. The PS4 and XBOX One X would most likely not be able to handle these upgrades, and we haven’t seen any games (except Fortnite) running on UE5 on either of those consoles.