The success of the Five Nights at Freddy’s series is something that was entirely unexpected. The original game became a YouTube phenomenon, with Let’s Players in particular enjoying the thrill of the title’s jump scares. Creator Scott Cawthon proved to be an extremely productive developer, pushing out both Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 in quick succession, selling impressively in spite of criticism of Cawthon and his series.
There was more to come, however, with Cawthon unveiling Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. Apparently the final chapter in the franchise, the game saw an initial release trailer and a launch date of August 8, with DLC set for Halloween 2015. However, Cawthon’s development speed once again proved too much for him, and the creator released the game several months early, catching Five Nights at Freddy’s fans off guard once more.
In spite of the game being released early, there was no news about the DLC being brought forward to match the main title’s launch. Now, Cawthon has given an update on the status of this Halloween additional content. The developer released a post on Five Night’s at Freddy’s 4’s official Steam page, giving away a few more details surrounding the content – as well as stating that the Halloween bonanza will not be DLC, but instead should be thought of as an “automatic update.”
The Halloween content will apparently update Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 to version 1.1, including “lots of goodies on the extras menu.” These extras will include a cheat menu and a challenge menu, as well as providing a “twist” on one of the title’s minigames that is set to give “a boost when playing challenge modes.” Cawthon also hinted that there may be a first look at a brand new game, although the developer reiterated that it would not be another Five Nights at Freddy’s sequel. Although the timescale may prove difficult, Cawthon wants to have “a playable portion” of the game available in time for the update.
Cawthon also revealed that the update will not unlock Five Nights at Freddy’s 4’s notorious locked box. Although many had suspected that the box would be unlocked through the Halloween content, it looks as though Cawthon is going to leave some mystery to the game’s plot, explaining that “some things are best left forgotten.” No player has been able to figure out the game’s story, and it appears the developer is going to leave the final pieces of the plot up to gamers to discover.
It remains to be seen whether this additional content will provide players with a fitting finale to the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. The current top theory is that Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 rounds off the story with the bite of ’87, and on the surface this seems like an obvious answer to the game’s plot. Cawthon’s recent post throws that theory into question, however. Who knows – perhaps the potential Five Nights at Freddy’s movie will finally answer fan questions.