Scott Cawthon has officially released Five Nights at Freddy's 4 for PC on Steam. The game launched three weeks ahead of Scott's original release plan for the game, which was supposed to be on August 8th, next month.
As noted by Touch Arcade, the fourth iteration in the popular, micro-horror game series is also supposed to be the final iteration of the game. You can see the launch trailer in action below.
As you can see, Scott made some major changes to the way the game is played. For one thing, you can now move around finally, as opposed to being jammed to a chair in a night watchman's office, like in the first three Five Nights at Freddy's games. The fourth game sees players having the ability to hop out of bed and check the hallways on either side of the room, adding the ability to turn on a flashlight down the hall to see if anything is there or shut the door to prevent anything from getting in. There's also the ability to head to the closet and look inside to see if any animatronic monsters are hiding inside, such as Freddy Fazbear and his gang of killer, robotic puppets.
If you noticed in the trailer that the field of vision looks a little odd and that's because you're now in the role of a young child in Freddy's 4. The child plays some kind of part in the game's vague and winding story but Scott didn't reveal what part that is. I'm sure the movie will also flesh out the story enough if the game doesn't, just so that everyone who has been following the series attempting to piece together the whole thing will finally stop and say “Ohhh, so that's what this was about”.
I think Five Nights at Freddy's 3 offered the most narrative for the games up until this point, giving gamers an idea of how the animatronic puppets became possessed and how the purple guy hated kids.
For this fourth game, Freddy Fazbear seems to have come back with a vengeance, donning an inner set of razor sharp teeth and tattered fur. Scott really went out of his way to make sure that Freddy looked as frightening as humanly possible. It definitely makes me wonder exactly how the puppet is going to look in the movie and if they're going to use a real animatronic device or rely on some cheap CGI magic? I guess we'll find out as the movie moves closer to production.
As for Five Nights at Freddy's 4, the game is already being streamed by some of your favorite YouTubers and it's likely that the game will trend for a while as players attempt to figure out the new mechanics and survive for five nights.
There are also a few more surprises added to the game beyond Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy. You can experience the latest rendition of Five Nights at Freddy's by picking up a copy from Steam for $7.99.