And just when we thought we were rid of Freddy and his static-screened, glowing-eyed, slack-jawed, psychopathic, furry friends…
Game creator Scott Cawthon has announced that the big, bad bear himself will make one more appearance before the curtain finally closes at 6:00 AM.
Yesterday, a mysterious image sprang up on Scott Cawthon’s official website, featuring the most nightmarish animatronic to haunt the series yet. At the time, our knowledge of the upcoming game–and even its full legitimacy–is limited, but seeing as this image comes from the creator himself, its existence is either the honest-to-goodness truth… or a really ghastly joke–one that we doubt Cawthon would make.
When accessing the image properties, its official title is the number “4,” likely hinting at what we’ve been assuming all along–that this is, indeed, the fourth installment in the gaming franchise.
The game is slated to be released on Halloween of this year–October 31st, 2015.
The game has a considerably longer lead-time than its predecessors. Previous FNAF games had a 3-month lead time, whereas this one is being given six months–a noteworthy length, perhaps indicating that this final installment will have more detailed features.
The image features the phrase “The Final Chapter,” indicating that this will be the last game in the Five Nights at Freddy’s saga.
The animatronic pictured reveals a corpse-like Freddy Fazbear suit with numerous, smaller bear heads protruding therefrom.
It’s obvious that Scott is planning to go out with a bang in this final installment. Releasing it on Halloween is an obvious marketing move for the game’s horror genre. Considering the recent news announcement that Warner Bros. plans to showcase Freddy and friends on the big screen, you can’t help but wonder if the timing of the game’s release somehow corresponds with plans for the film-in-the-making. At the very least, this announcement proves that there’s more to learn about the deep, dark lore behind the FNAF series, and that Scott is likely setting the stage in preparation for the film.
While the Fazbear reigns, insomnia will plague a nation’s worth of Steam and iPhone users. And if this teaser image is any indication, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 will pack some serious nightmare fuel worth losing a good night’s sleep over.
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