Anyone who has played Five Nights at Freddy's 4 and managed to beat the game found out some startling information about the core of the story. If you haven't played the game yet, I beseech you to stay far, far away from this article because there are some obvious spoilers up ahead and for the people curious about what's next for the series, it's time we dive head first into the content.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
So Five Nights at Freddy's 4 launched last week. It's a month ahead of the previous August schedule that developer Scott Cawthon laid out for the game. It's also labeled Five Nights at Freddy's 4: The Final Chapter, almost equivalent to all those other pulp-horror films from back in the 1980s and 1990s.
The story is a lot easier to follow this time around, but it also builds on the previous two games. For instance, the fourth game finally explains an event oftentimes referred to in the series as the “Bite of '87," which was an accident involving one of the game's animatronics biting off someone's frontal lobe by mistake. However, it's revealed through the sequences in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 that the “bite” was brought about when bullies took a young kid and stuffed him into the mouth of the original Freddy Fazbear animatronic attempting to get the boy to give the puppet a “kiss." The animatronic puppet, however, snapped its mouth shut and crushed the frontal lobe of the boy.
With such a tragic ending for Five Nights at Freddy's 4, a lot of gamers couldn't accept that that's how the series would end. Even a special ending on the sixth night of the game only reveals a locked box, leaving a lot of people to question what's inside. Scott Cawthon has promised more content is due for release this fall, specifically on Halloween. It's assumed that the new content will open the locked box.
Theories already persist that maybe this isn't the final Five Nights at Freddy's. However, from a story standpoint it's kind of completed itself for the most part, or at least that's what some gamers are theorizing.
The young boy who dies in the fourth game is also the player character. Players attempt to survive each night from frightening, demonic depictions of the animatronics, known as the “nightmare editions." It's theorized that these amalgamations are actually just the constructs of the young boy's imagination. It's further hinted at that after the boy is killed when the bullies stuff him into the mouth of the animatronic puppet, his father sought revenge by killing the bullies and stuffing their bodies in the Freddy Fazbear suits, respective of the masks they wore (the bullies wore Freddy, Foxy, Chica and Bonnie masks).
Some gamers believe that the “purple man” – a mysterious and recurring character in the series who later died by getting stuffed into one of the animatronic suits – is actually the father of the boy who died. It's also believed that the kids who were murdered in the Fazbear pizzeria – the presumed bullies – came back to possess the animatronics. It may seem a little confusing, but the running theory is that after the “purple man” kills the bullies for killing his son, they come back to possess the Freddy Fazbear suits and then kill the “purple man” by locking him in one of the animatronic suits known as Springtrap. A cycle of revenge. Assuming that's really what happened.
From a story perspective, I would assume this all wraps itself up quite neatly if the story is as some gamers have theorized. However, others believe there may be more to it and that Five Nights at Freddy's 4: The Final Chapter opens the doorway to more frightful adventures in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise. A lot of this will depend on what Scott has planned for this Halloween.