There has been a horror game revival in recent years mostly thanks to the indie game renaissance. One of the top series is Five Nights at Freddy’s, which has been successful enough to spawn five titles and two novel adaptations. Not only is there a film adaptation in production but a Halloween attraction based on these games featured in the Adventuredome last year.
Sadly, fans of the series woke up to disappointing news today when Scott Cawthon announced that the sixth entry has been cancelled. Cawthon took to Steam to reveal that the project will remain unfinished due to immense pressure from trying to top precious entries. He also mentioned that working on Five Nights At Freddy’s 6 made him realize he was putting too much time into game development and not enough on other areas of his life.
Here’s part of his statement:
“After forcing myself to keep working on it day after day, I realized something–I just don’t want to work on this. 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.”
The good thing to take from this is that Cawthon didn’t outright say he was leaving game development for good. Here’s hoping he just needs a break from the challenging task of making games and soon recovers his passion again. Click here to check out the entire statement.