After going through his usual pattern of teasing the community with hidden images, website coding, and cryptic comments; the creator of the Five Nights at Freddy’s series, Scott Cawthon, made a post to the Steam community at the end of June. He announced that Five Nights at Freddy’s 6 is canceled. He cites the mounting pressures of trying to surpass the previous games and a desire to focus on other parts of his life which have been neglected while he’s been making games.
To be fair, it was only late 2014 when the first Five Nights at Freddy’s was released. Since then, there have been four more lore games released, with extra content added later, and a fifth game, Five Nights at Freddy’s World, which is separate from the main storyline. There have also been two novels released that he had a hand in, which are also separate from the games.
Of course, this is a major blow to fans of the series who are still trying to put all the pieces together to figure out the whole, overarching story. The last game in the series, Sister Location, finally provided a few solid pieces, but it was also very open-ended, with new threads being laid, as well as many questions still waiting to be answered.
The good news is that this is far from the end of the Five Nights at Freddy’s tale. Its creator assures us that he may return to the series at some point in the future, and in the meantime a third book is in the works. A movie is in the works as well. Previously, it was reported the movie was in the hands of Warner Bros, with Gil Kenan from the Poltergeist remake at the helm.
Scott Cawthon now says though, that the movie has moved to Blumhouse Productions, which is known for making low-budget Horror blockbusters like the Paranormal Activity and Insidious series. Most recently, they produced Get Out, which pulled in over $250 million with a budget of just $4.5. So the movie should be in some very good hands.
In the meantime, I wish Scott Cawthon a good and well-deserved rest. Here’s hoping eventually he comes back refreshed and ready to give us one last terrifying trip to Freddy’s to finish the story.