'Five Nights at Freddy's 4' release date: Cawthon changes premiere date to August 8

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Five Nights at Freddy’s fans have a special treat from creator Scott Cawthon for the franchise’s third anniversary a fourth installment of the creepy, survival horror game.

According to Geek Snack, Cawthon has moved the release date of Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 from the original date of October 31 to August 8. This was intended for players to celebrate the franchise’s third anniversary with a new game that promises to be creepier than its predecessors.

Five Nights at Freddy’s is a series of point-and-click survival horror games, each of which deals with a security guard trying to survive the night at the fictional pizzeria Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza or, in the third game, a theme park called Fazbear’s Fright.

The player has to survive the wandering life-sized animatronic characters that, while harmless during the day, can attack and kill people by night. The players’ only weapon is a flashlight that can be used to scare the animatronic bears away, as well as security doors and hallway lights but these can be used sparingly as they drain power.

The fourth game’s description at Steam said that the fourth game now deals with the animatronics following a child home. The child then has to survive the night by closing the doors, shining the light on the animatronics and just steering away from them.

Geek Snack theorized that this child is the same child that the animatronics bit in 1987, in the events of the second game that led to the closure of Fazbear’s Pizza.

According to Ecumenical News, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 may be the final installment of Cawthon’s simple but highly successful series of survival horror games. However, there will still be extra content available with an update from Cawthon that is set to be released on October 31.

Movie Pilot also said that there could be a film in the works after Warner Bros. purchased the film rights in April this year.