For the last month, Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon has been dropping hints about the next game in the series. However, in a recent Steam update post, Cawthon revealed that the game, which he called Five Nights at Freddy’s 6, has been cancelled.
“For the last month or so I’ve been dropping hints about a new game; and it’s true that I’d been working on one (call it FNaF 6 if you’d like.) But after forcing myself to keep working on it day after day, I realized something- I just don’t want to work on this,” he wrote. “With each game’s release, I think the expectations get higher and higher for the next, and rightfully so. Each game SHOULD be better than the last! But that pressure starts to mount, and I fear that I’ve been neglecting other things in my life for the sake of trying to keep up with those mounting expectations.
“So, after giving this a lot of thought; I’ve decided that I’m going to stop working on it. I’m not going to reveal anything else about what the game was, and I’ve asked other people involved to never divulge anything either. It’s just not going to be talked about.”
Cawthon added that this doesn’t mean that he’s stepping away from games forever or abandoning the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. He explained that he wants “to get back to what made game-making enjoyable in the first place.”
“In fact, the first game that I’d like to make would be something for you guys. Remember Foxy Fighters from Update 2? I loved working on that game,” he explains. “It was a lot of fun, and it took a lot of the pressure off me knowing that it was just for the fans of the games. That’s the kind of project that I’d like to work on again. Maybe I’ll try my hand at a pizzeria tycoon game, who knows. The point is that it would be something for fun, and something for the fans.”
Cawthon ended his post by reminding fans that there are “big things in the works elsewhere,” such as the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, a potential VR game, and a new book.