What Next? Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 Hypothesis

Where can the series go after the third installment?

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Wasn’t it just a few months back when Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 came out? I know it’s hard to believe, but somewhere between the screams of terror and the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, Scott Hawthorn decided to start work on Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. Alongside this spoiler, claims speculate that this will in fact be the final installment to the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. Whether this is true or not, we will find out in the near future, but all we know is this: We’ve got a whole new set of scares awaiting us this Halloween. Let’s take a look at what some of these could possibly be.

FNAF 4 Promo“That’s All Folks” – Freddy Fazbear

Attached above is an image taken from the developer’s main site. Just looking at the poster can confirm a few things. “The Final Chapter” is a dead giveaway that this, in fact, will be the final game in the series. But what exactly can the developer add in to deliver a truly awe-inspiring performance? Perhaps the very dim appearance of the word “NIGHTMARE” at the bottom is a dead giveaway, but what could all this mean? Let’s take a look at the animatronic and maybe that will help spell it out.

Looking at the face and top hat, it’s certain that this is Freddy. Unfortunately for us, Freddy looks like he had seen many, many better days. Taking the nightmare into effect, the scattered faces and mouths on the animatronic definitely give it a bone-chilling appearance. Not only that, but its claws and teeth are made with sharp points, unlike with previous models. Let’s forget about the image of the kids’ favorite teddy bear. This thing is a grizzly bear from hell.

Considering the ferocious appearance of this animatronic, it’s also up for debate on where Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 will take place. The first two games took place at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria, while the 3rd installment was held at Freddy’s Fright. Speculation could lead to the fourth game being held in a similar place to Freddy’s Fright, as the building burnt down at the end of the third game. This would definitely drive home the nightmare feel the game is aiming for. After mentioning the ending to Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, though, it was said that remaining parts were auctioned off. What could this possibly mean for the dangers that await you in Five Nights at Freddy’s 4?

So far, the poster only suggests that one new animatronic will be featured. The same setting was suggested for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, but the game itself ended up using older animatronics in a hallucination. A lot of what Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 has to offer will also be dependent on what scenario the player is in. The ventilation failure in the third game resulted in the player hallucinating and seeing the older animatronics. Could Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 use a similar approach? Perhaps noise can be heard from the burned remains of the old animatronics. With all this happening, though, will our hero still stand idly by as his doom awaits him?

For the past three installments in this series, our mentally unstable hero stood still in his security room, awaiting his looming demise. There has been no sign of him moving or fleeing from the dangers. I’m certain he would win in a game of chicken, I’ll give him that. But what if for the final installment, the player was allowed to roam the halls of the establishment? There is a huge difference between facing danger and not having the ability to prevent it, and being able to run and avoid the danger. Would it seem more off-putting if you were able to run around the halls, only to find yourself unable to escape the building, or even the animatronic for that matter?

Considering this is only the first piece of evidence we have on the fourth installment, it already has given us a lot to think about, as well as worry about. Many fans of the series doubted that a third installment was necessary, so a lot of people will, without a doubt, be denying the need for a fourth game. In order to sell this final installment, Scott needs to do something completely different with the game engine, to make it different from the first three games. Regardless of what happens until Halloween this year, make sure to bring an extra pair of pants with you. This game may very well scare the crap out of you.

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