Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise creator Scott Cawthon releases a mysterious new trailer for the upcoming spin-off Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location.

Horror franchises never seem to die, even when an entry in the series is named the “Final Chapter.” Game developer Scott Cawthon said Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 was to be the last in the series, but shortly thereafter he confirmed a Five Nights at Freddy‘s spin-off game currently known as Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location. Cawthon has announced very little about the game so far, but a recently released trailer offers some clues as to what fans can expect from Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location.

The trailer begins by showing what appear to be clips from previous games in the series, including Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 as well as the first game in the series. From there, the player character uses a strange elevator to travel “deep below ground,” where a few of the animatronic monstrosities from the past games can be found, though they all appear to be a little more technologically advanced than veterans of the series will remember.

Along with returning animatronics like Freddy Fazbear, the trailer also offers a look at a new animatronic: a creepy, smiling robotic clown. The trailer then concludes by promising a fall release date, accompanied by the voice of a small child saying, “You don’t know what we’ve been through.”

Brave the first Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location trailer right here:

The evidence points to Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location being a spin-off of the main games, but it remains to be seen what kind of gameplay style it will utilize. It seems unlikely that the spin-off will be an RPG like Five Nights at Freddy’s World given that game’s poor reception, but instead our money is on the game returning to the mechanics of the proper, mainline series entries.

However, in the trailer, it does look as though players will be able to freely move the playable character at one point in the game. This could add another layer of exploration to the franchise if it turns out to be the case. Alternatively, what appears to be players freely moving the character could just be a cut-scene.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if the fall release date promised in the trailer turns out to be accurate. Cawthon has a history of releasing Five Nights at Freddy‘s games early, and it’s possible that he will repeat the tradition with the Sister Location spin-off. However, after Five Nights at Freddy’s World was pulled from sale due to the game having numerous problems, it may be in Cawthon’s best interests to use any leftover development time polishing his next game instead of opting for an early release.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is presumably in development for PC.

Source: Scott Cawthon