Five Nights at Freddy’s has become quite the popular horror title since it released a few years back. Many YouTube personalities even took the time to make “Let’s Play” videos for the game which further spurred its reputation in the industry.
While the series has already gotten five games, it seemed like creator Scott Cawthon had more planned for the franchise. In a recent update on the Steam Community, he was actually creating the sixth game before ultimately canceling it. After mulling it over, the designer realized that he didn’t want to work on the game due to the constant pressure he was facing.
“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! But 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.”
Moreover, Cawthon added that he will not be sharing any details about the Five Nights at Freddy’s game and even asked several people to not disclose any information about it. Even so, the creator has no plans of ending his career as he claimed that he simply wants to get back to what made game-making enjoyable for him. He will also not be giving up on the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise as he had this to say about it:
“There are some big things in the works elsewhere. The movie is in amazing hands with Blumhouse. I’m also still working to get a VR title out at some point (because that would be awesome). And of course I can’t leave everyone hanging with the cliffhanger at the end of the second book. 😉 But as far as the games are concerned, I think this is where I step back. I actually have a lot of catching up to do myself when it comes to fan-games. I still need to play FNaC 3, TJOC, Popgoes, ONaF, and some others too. I’m way behind!”
Ending his post, Cawthon hopes that fans will understand and respect his decision regarding Five Nights at Freddy’s. He also plans to give more updates as “things happen.”