Five Nights At Freddy's 4 Arrives, Already

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Five Nights At Freddy's 4 Arrives, Already

Remember that first time you played, or just watched, Five Nights at Freddy's, and Chica or Bonnie--probably not Freddy at first--jumped out of nowhere and waggled their collective anatomy in your face? Remember jumping in your seat? Well, we just got a similar-style scare as the release of "Five Nights at Freddy's 4" leapt out of a dark corner and waggled a $7.99 price tag at us.

Yes, that's right; the game that everyone thought wasn't coming until Halloween is apparently now available on Steam at the aforementioned $7.99 price tag. There were reportedly some issues with the fullscreen option, but reports suggest that Cawthon expects fairly quick fixes for it.

That alone is interesting enough development for anyone, but there are some side developments that perk things up all the more. First off, both the recently-released trailer, and the Steam listing, no longer contain the words "Final Chapter", though the Steam synopsis does note that this is the last game in the series.

This is a bit of a strange development, and it's got me wondering if there won't indeed be a fifth title coming out in time for Halloween after all. My original objections do remain in place; after all, we're talking about a game series that's made some substantial bank and drawn Warner Bros.' notice sufficient to engage in development on a movie version. Since there's pretty much no chance of the movie coming out by the end of this year, Warner's going to have to do something to keep the buzz aloft on this one. If FNAF 4 hadn't come out until Halloween, Warner could have ridden that buzz probably into 2016's early days without much trouble. But the buzz from a July release may have to hold out six months into a year, and that's kind of a shaky proposition.

But then, this may be a good idea. There's a smidge of a gaming drought on right now anyway; most of August's releases are remasters and assorted whatnot. "Mad Max" doesn't hit until September 1, so that could give "Five Nights at Freddy's 4" an uninterrupted market through most of August. Might we see another FNAF title? Maybe. Maybe. But in the end, buzz or no buzz, this might have been the best move to take overall.

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