Welp, that’s it, folks. Release dates mean nothing anymore. Release dates are rough drafts, works-in-progress, ideals to strive toward. We’ve all gotten used to games being delayed months or even years beyond their original release dates, oftentimes even facing multiple delays. Not often, but occasionally a game might get pushed up to release a week or two earlier. But this? This is something else. This is Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 releasing a full three months before its original release date. It is already out. Like, right now. Currently. You can go buy it from Steam instead of reading this.
It actually released over three months ahead of schedule, actually. The game was originally slated to hit on October 31 as a Halloween horror release before developer Scott Cawthon pushed it up to August 8 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the first game’s release. But as of yesterday, Cawthon went ahead and pushed it out on Steam early, a surprise for many fans, but completely expected all the same. In a post on Steam, Cawthon wrote, “Ok, so as many of you already know, I’m bad with release dates. The game is finished. :)”
With the game out, we know more details about what the game actually is. The first three games tasked you with surviving a week as the nightwatchman in a children’s pizza parlor as murderous animatronic animals (think Chuck E. Cheese) tried to kill you. Five Night’s at Freddy’s 4 deviates from this by having the robots follow you home and invade your house.
Five Night’s at Freddy’s 4: The Final Chapter is, as the title says, the last game in a series that has seen four games released in 11 months; the third game released just this past March. But it’s available right now on Steam for $7.99, so grab it if you’re interested.