Five Nights at Freddy’s Creator Cancels Development of Sixth Game in Series

Series developer Scott Cawthon has cancelled development of a sixth entry in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, though still plans to work on games.

on July 3, 2017 7:27 AM

Ever since the series took off to explosive proportions back in 2014, the indie megahit Five Nights at Freddy’s has expanded with several sequels in an incredibly short amount of time, while the series creator has revealed that development on a new entry for the series may be at an end.

In a Steam Community post for the series’ most recent title, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location, developer Scott Cawthon provided an update on a project that he had been working on, and referred to as Five Nights at Freddy’s 6 “if you’d like.”

Cawthon explained in the post that while development on a sixth installment in the series was underway over the past month, he added that development on the project has been cancelled as Cawthon explained simply that “I just don’t want to work on this.”

In particular, Cawthon explained that “with each game’s release, I think the expectations get higher and higher for the next, and rightfully so. Each game SHOULD be better than the last!” He added in the post that “that pressure starts to mount, and I fear that I’ve been neglecting other things in my life for the sake of trying to keep up with those mounting expectations.”

Cawthon addressed that “after giving this a lot of thought,” the project has been fully cancelled and that he is “not going to reveal anything else about what the game was,” and that “it’s just not going to be talked about.”

While Cawthon may have ended development on a new title in the series, he addressed that he will not stop working on games altogether, and that the cancellation “doesn’t mean that I’m abandoning FNAF.” Where Cawthon will go next seems uncertain, as he explored the possibility of making a game for the fans, a VR title, and more.

The most recent title in the series, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location, released in October of last year.

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