With four games and an RPG spinoff, the Five Nights at Freddy’s series has become an incredibly successful series even with its simple concept and gameplay.
But the story has been wrapped up. We know who the murderer was and what became of him. We know what caused the bite of ’87. And hey, with Fazbear’s Frights burning down in the third game, we even see the story of the ghost children reach its conclusion. What room is there for yet another game?
Well, you’d better ask Scott Cawthon, because yet another game has been teased. Titled Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location, the game takes place at what is presumably another location. With its own animatronics, one of whichs seems to be a clown like monster. Here’s the teaser picture from the official site:
So what can I say about this?
Two things actually.
1. If this game does play like the previous games, then please try and limit the ties to the first four. Seriously, the plot there has basically been tied up at this point, and it’d be interesting to see a new story start to unfold.
2. Mr Cawthon should really slow down a bit here. Seriously, the franchise started in 2014. Yet in just two years, we’ve gotten four games and a spinoff, with another one due fairly soon. That’s kind of excessive, especially when the basic concept isn’t changing or evolving very much along the way.
Remember, too many games will kill people’s interest in a series. They’ll get fatigue and tune out. Don’t believe me?
Look up Guitar Hero, DJ Hero and their archenemy, Rock Band.
What happened there?
They died. They put out so many games in so little time they basically killed all interest in the virtual band/musican genre. Harmonix nearly got sold off for just fifty dollars and many of Activision’s ‘Hero’ games got canned as well. The cash cow was milked to the point it ran completely dry.
If Five Nights at Freddy’s wants to become a sustainable franchise with a future, then it needs to accept that releasing games multiple times per year is going to cause people to get tired of them. Pumping out games every couple of months is not sustainable.
Still, I’ll say a bit more positive for now. Maybe this will be a massive overhaul for the series which revolutionises the gameplay and keeps the series feeling fresh. There’s always the possibiliy, right?
But what do you think about Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location?