In a nutshell:
- The game Poppy Playtime has taken the Internet by storm;
- The driving force behind the title's popularity is a vague plot that enables you to spin interesting theories.
In mid-October, the first chapter of Poppy Playtime, an independent horror game from MOB Games, debuted on Steam. Although at the moment we're dealing with an incomplete product, it gained considerable popularity thanks to online content creators. However, what kept the game on the wave is its mysterious plot that keeps the poeple guessing. Videos on this topic record many views.
The very outline of the story is simple. Poppy Playtime puts us in an abandoned Playtime Co. toy factory that hides a dark secret. Years ago, the entire crew of the facility disappeared without a trace. We play as a former employee of the factory, who, after receiving a mysterious letter, decides to discover the truth about the event.
The premise is similar to that of Five Nights at Freddy's. Underneath this simple, general plot are more complicated threads. We discover them during the game, mainly through video cassettes. However, the information contained on them is enigmatic and does not provide direct answers.
Fans quickly started to come up with their own theories about the events that took place in Playtime Co. One of these theories even involved a commercial shown at the very beginning of the game, played backwards.
One element common to all the theories is that some experiments were conducted in the factory, which were supposed to lead to the creation of intelligent toys. The victims of these tests were supposed to be the missing employees of Playtime Co. This is evidenced by a tape in which the scientist describes the fruits of his labor.
Poppy itself is said to contain one Stella, the factory's employee mentioned in one of the recordings. Allegedly, she sacrificed herself voluntarily, because she almost obsessively wanted to bring joy to children. Videos on the subject have been made by The Game Theorists and SuperHorrorBro, among others. The materials have reached 7 million and 3 million views respectively.
Another theory, based on the Poppy commercial played backwards, suggests that neither person agreed to become a test subject. This therefore calls into question Stella's sacrifice mentioned in the previous paragraph. Although the reversed video appeared a few weeks after the game's release, it managed to gather over 200,000 views.
Next chapters of Poppy Playtime will probably bring answers to the questions. It is possible, however, that they will contain further understatements, which will become the basis for even more fan theories.