Say what you will about Five Nights at Freddy’s, but at least you can say the games don’t hold out on you. After only a few short months, the trailer for the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 was released on YouTube by the developer, Scott Cawthon, who later told YouTuber Dawko that the game's original October release date had been moved up to August 8th. The August date was selected to commemorate the one year anniversary of the first game which became a cult sensation after it was picked up by several popular YouTubers. Since then, new games have been released like clockwork after only a few months of development per each, leading up to this fourth installment. (This means that if Scott Cawthon had developed Half Life, we would already have Half Life 10: Episode 6). However, Cawthon also revealed that the Halloween release date would not go uncelebrated as free extra content would be released on that day, making this the first Freddy’s game with planned bonuses released after the game itself.
This is not the first time the developer has surprised the franchise's massive fanbase by pushing up dates. Both Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and 3 were released far sooner than expected after the demos were given to the YouTubers that made it famous. Even the trailer, which Cawthon said was would be released this weekend, popped up instead on Monday. The trailer, like past trailers, is fairly cryptic in terms of the story. However viewers were quick to note that instead of being set in a restaurant (or haunted house modeled after a restaurant) this game will take place in a seemingly normal house. All of the animatronics players know and love are still there though and looking decrepit as ever. Unfortunately the desk fan seems to have been replaced though.
There's been some debate over whether this fourth installment is necessary, though it has been called The Final Chapter by Cawthon and likely will be the definitive last game in the series. Currently the Greenlight for Five Nights at Freddy's 4 isn't up, though it likely will be in the coming weeks. Until then, fans can look for Five Nights at Freddy's 4 on likely on Steam on August 8th (or watch YouTubers playing it the hour before it's released, either one).