The news that the latest entry in the FNAF series was canceled will have been disheartening to some, or at least to those who aren’t fully familiar with its history. What I mean by that is that creator Scott Cawthon is known for massively teasing and trolling the fanbase with each release, which is leading many to believe that Five Nights at Freddy’s may just happen after all.
In a Steam post, Cawthon gave the reasoning behind the cancellation:
“After forcing myself to keep working on it day after day, I realised something – I just don’t want to work on this”
He continued to state that the pressure to make each release better than the last has caused him to neglect other things in his life. To the untrained eye, this statement would seem pretty legit, as there’s no reason why it wouldn’t, though it may seem confusing having teased the game just a few weeks ago.
But this is Scott Cawthon, don’t forget. If you remember, he “canceled” Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 when a hacker leaked the game early. This among other quirky methods of promoting releases has led many to wonder if this is all a ploy to plug FNAF 6.
I’m a fan of the series myself, and my hunch is that the game probably isn’t canceled, at least not completely. Having said that, it isn’t down to wishful thinking. The FNAF series feels like one that should adopt a new formula to keep it fresh, in a similar fashion to Sister Location, which kept the traditional gameplay with additional explanation.
We are sure to hear more on this in the coming weeks, and if it truly is canceled, it’ll be interesting to see what plans Cawthon has for the franchise in the future.