Five Nights at Freddy's Creator Gives Worst Reason For Possible Delay [UPDATE]

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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is supposed to release on October 7th...unless Scott Cawthon decides his game is too scary.

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Over at Sister Location’s official Steam page, Cawthon has posted the following update informing fans of a potential delay:

Hey guys, I wanted to post an announcement that this game might be postponed, and I’m not really sure when it would be released.

There are certain plot elements that are very dark, to the point where I sometimes feel sick. There would be no easy fix to this. I either release it Friday as it is, or I delay it by several months to completely rework the plot into something kid-friendly.

I’m unsure what I’m going to do. As always, thanks for your support.

I don’t even know how to parse this. Is he serious, or is this a troll? Cawthon might delay a horror game, which was set to release in the spookiest month of the year, because it might be dark? Give me a break. Cynically, Cawthon’s announcement comes off more as a ‘hey guys, remember Five Nights at Freddy’s? I swear, it’s still scary!’ At the very least, it’s not like FNAF is known for releasing on specific dates; Cawthon has made a habit of releasing stuff early.

Cawthon’s post almost reads like a publicity stunt, which I’m signal boosting mostly to remark on how weird it is that we may have reached the end of the Five Nights at Freddy’s hype train. This isn’t how older games would have marketed themselves, they didn’t need it.

Maybe I’m being unfair and Sister Location is actually too much for any human being to handle. Maybe Cawthon is genuinely concerned over the younger fans who play his games (though my understanding is that they like the franchise BECAUSE of the terrifying story, hence all the focus on the lore.) Some folks reading Cawthon’s post seem to be taking it fairly seriously, and the forums have some people begging Cawthon not to delay the game. Guess we’ll know what’s what soon enough.

Update 9/6 12:03 PM: In a follow-up troll post, Cawthon says he’s not delaying the game after all.

DISCUSSION

Looking at this from multiple perspectives - the guy IS in an awkward position. FNAF is massively popular with an audience that isn’t always old enough (/mentally prepared) to be playing it.. you have loads of toy lines marketed and sold to the 8-12 bracket.. Most of the horror is over their heads and they’re buying the “cute” characters.. But it being an indie title he gets to bypass rating etc..

If he makes a game that actually shows some of the stuff that’s explained in the backstory, or goes as far into horror territory as I really hope he does, and I feel like he wants to.. His game becomes problematic and could potentially get him in some sort of trouble.

I hope he goes full on horror/gore and parents actually pay attention to wtf their kids are up to.

Seriously.. the YouTubers who play with toys for tiny kids on YouTube end up promoting the FNAF toys among MLP, Shopkins, Barbie and frozen.. its funny as an informed parent but not everyone is..