- Five Nights at Freddy’s is a huge franchise with nine games and three books.
- A new game, FNAF AR: Special Delivery, is out now on mobile devices.
- The series has massively outstayed its welcome at this point.
Five Nights at Freddy’s was sort of a complete surprise. The developer, Scott Cawthon, started out making some pretty atrocious looking Christian kid’s games. The same visual style that made his kids game horrifying actually worked well for his horror games. Add a dash of overreacting on YouTube and you’ve got the apparent recipe for success.
Since the series started out, there have been six main series games, three spin-offs, and several books. There’s also supposedly a movie, but God alone knows what is happening with that. The most recent addition to the ever-expanding series has just come out: Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery. Yay.
Yet Another Five Nights at Freddy’s Game
Six games is a lot to have released over the past five years. Especially for indie games. It goes to show just how simple the series’ main concept actually is. All of the games are basically the same. You stand stock still and try to defend yourself from evil animatronics who want to kill you in needlessly violent ways.
The main thing that has kept the series relevant, other than markiplier, is its backstory. If you’re not aware because you’ve avoided the games like the plague, let me fill you in. Although the games do not have a story directly, they each contain clues at a secret backstory.
As these games have come out, this backstory has slowly been filled with ghosts, murderers and more twists and turns than the world’s most violent roller coaster. It’s got to the point that the story is now more complicated than Kingdom Hearts.
It seems very clear that Scott Cawthon had no idea how successful FNAF would end up being. It also seems very likely that the story was never intended to go as out of control as it did….