The dev of the Five Nights at Freddy's series, Scott Cawthon, has informed the fans via his website that he is retiring from game development. The father of the popular horror game series revealed that his decision was largely politically motivated. The dev and his family were threatened by people who did not like his allegedly homophobic views and the candidates for whom he voted. The developer's wife - who is six months pregnant - was said to be unable to sleep for fear that the Internet threats would be reflected in reality. With no intention of apologizing for his views, let alone changing them, Cawthon has decided that game development is not worth it all, even if he should fall victim to the so-called "cancel culture" as a result.
However, this is not the only reason, as Cawthon announced that developing the next installment of FNAF was taking up too much of his time. He would now like to devote it to the things that occupied him before the success of the games, as well as his family, including six children (he compared the size of the youngest to a blueberry).
Does this mean the end of Five Nights at Freddy's? Well, you don't slaughter the goose that lays golden eggs. Cawthon has announced that the series will be continued by someone else - someone he appoints and trusts. So the fans of the series can rest easy and wait for a proper announcement.
It was to them that Cawthon addressed the words of a letter posted on his website. The dev thanked the fans for seven years of support, assuring that he had a successful career and feels fulfilled. No wonder, as the FNAF series has seenmore than a dozen installments, and the next one - subtitled Security Breach - is to be released on PC, PS4 and PS5 in the second half of this year.
- Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach - official website
- Five Nights at Freddy's - video games encyclopedia