Five Nights at Freddy’s may well be the most prolific video game series in recent memory. Over the course of a year, the one-man development team of Scott Cawthon managed to create a trio of indie horror smash hits. Propelled by Let’s Play YouTube users, the animatronic dangers of Freddy Fazbear and friends created controversy in the world of gamers, with horror fans either loving or loathing the fixed position gameplay and jump scare-focused thrills.
In spite of the game’s continued success, and the swift turnover with which Cawthon was able to develop instalments, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 certainly felt like it would be the closing act of the series. The third title brought a conclusion to the franchise’s perplexing story of deadly robotic attractions, albeit hidden behind minigames and cryptic clues. That wasn’t going to stop Cawthon, however, who started posting mysterious images hinting at a fourth game in the series, leaving many to wonder exactly where he would take the franchise with Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.
It’s now been revealed that fans of Freddy Fazbear will not have long to wait to find out exactly where the Five Nights at Freddy’s story will go. In fact, Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 is set to be released in less than a month, with Cawthon announcing that the game will be released on August 8. The news was shared through an email that was sent to YouTuber Dawko from the developer himself, and subsequently posted to Reddit.
“I’m going to release Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 on August 8,” revealed Cawthon in the email. The date coincides with the release of the original Five Night’s at Freddy’s, meaning that the series will have received an incredible four releases in the space of just a year. The developer is also planning to release a trailer for the game within a couple of weeks, stating that he plans on “having a trailer ready for the next weekend.”
The August 8 release will not be the end of Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, however, as Cawthon also revealed that the game would feature a series’ first for the franchise – DLC. “To keep Halloween special, however, I’ll be working on a free update with extra content to release on October 31,” said Cawthon. The Halloween release of the DLC marries up nicely with Cawthon’s initial teaser images, which hinted at an October 31 release.
Five Nights at Freddy’s may be a divisive series, but it’s hard to play down the franchise’s success, with an army of hardcore fans and bucket-loads of sales. Meanwhile, the mysterious story of Five Nights at Freddy’s has sparked the imagination of many a gamer, and will even have a feature film adaptation. Let’s see whether the fourth – and allegedly final – episode in the Five Nights at Freddy’s story brings closure to the series’ fans.