By Becky Snyder
These past few months have definitely been a time for Five Nights at Freddy’s fans to celebrate. In case you don’t know, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror videogame created by Scott Cawthon. The basis of the first game is that you play as the new nightguard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a children’s pizzeria that vaguely resembles Chuck E. Cheese. Trick is, there are multiple animatronics that come to find you and attempt to kill you on sight. Survive from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. for five nights, and you win.
Trailer for the newest version.
The franchise has grown to four separate games, each keeping the relative plot the same, but each with its own additions and tweaks. The second game includes more animatronics and abandons the old system, instead using a system involving disguises. The third game only has one animatronic that can kill you (the others can only scare you), the only thing keeping it out is a complicated ventilation system. The fourth game abandons the nightguard concept entirely, and instead favors the player being a child hiding in his room from the animatronics, holding doors closed to keep them out.
If you’ve searched “Five Nights at Freddy’s” on Tumblr lately, you’ll know about the picture that every fan of the game has been raving about for the past month.
Did you see it? No? Look a little closer at the small metal endoskeleton head on the left of the golden bear towards the top right on both photos. As you can tell, the endoskeleton is a more cartoonish version of itself in the bottom photo. Now, the fans of FNAF being who they are, jumped on this immediately. In the overall history of the game, small details changing were normally clues to something on the way, such as another game, or a new clue to the extensive lore behind the game. Everyone wanted to know what this change meant, and though some people tried, everyone knew Cawthon wouldn’t explain, as he has a history of leaving these cryptic clues just about everywhere he goes.
Fans of the franchise now have even more things to be excited about. Recently, this post was made on Cawthon’s official Tumblr page:
Yes, the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise is finally going to be receiving the long-rumored and anticipated FNAF movie, as Cawthon has agreed to join with the project and finish the movie by, at the earliest, some time in 2016. This movie will, as stated above, be the last addition to the franchise as a whole, and seeing how Cawthon has dedicated so much time into the franchise, fans are sure to know that the movie will end the franchise with a bang.
Or, at least, a good jump scare.
Becky Snyder is a Freshman at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts