In a move that surprised pretty much no one, Scott Cawthon, creator of the Five Nights At Freddy's indie horror series, has announced Five Nights At Freddy's 4: The Final Chapter on his website (which at the moment seems to be getting hit by some heavy traffic). The title references the fact that this may indeed be the last game in the series.
Slated for release on October 31st - international spooky pumpkin day - a (horrifying) picture of the seminal title character Freddy tipping his top hat appeared on Cawthon's website, showing the release date 10/31/15.
Known for hiding secret messages in his assets for FNAF, I immediately took to Photoshop to brighten the picture up and see if there was anything. Although obscured by the red haze in the bottom left, there is big bold text that clearly says 'NIGHTMARE'. Well at least it's accurate, and it could be hinting at more ghostly apparitions of the animatronics like we saw in FNAF3. Inspecting the HTML on the website itself contains no hidden messages either.
The news comes after Scott Cawthon struck a deal for a FNAF movie, with Warner Bros earlier this month acquiring the rights. It will be produced by Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee, who is also producing the upcoming Poltergeist remake.
Although FNAF is constantly disparaged for having two sequels within the space of a year, and for having relatively simplistic gameplay, the rich lore and fandom around the characters and setting is what really sells the series for a lot of people, and what I imagine got Scott Cawthon a movie deal. I personally can't wait to see how he caps off an entire series chock full of lore and speculation in Five Nights At Freddy's 4.
Are you excited for FNAF4? Do you loathe the existence of the series entirely? Let me know in the comments!