Scott Cawthon just loves messing with his fans. A new image has appeared on his website teasing Five Nights At Freddy’s 4, so here comes the inevitable analysis.
Like the first teaser image from last month – and by last month, I mean 10 days ago – the image carries an October 31 (Halloween) date. The text presumably is hinting that this game will reveal who’s really behind the haunted animatronics, although solid answers from Scott Cawthon may be too much to wish more.
Since Five Nights At Freddy’s 3, we’ve learned more about the animatronics, which are haunted by the spirits of murdered children. Minigames in between the five nights indicated the murderer, who is always shown in purple, hid inside the Springtrap animatronic to escape the ghosts of the children and subsequently got himself killed. The image on Cawthon’s site is by no means clear, but, at least at first glance, it appears to be Springtrap, as is shown by the second jaw. Or it could be Freddy. Or Foxy. Or any of them, really.
Several fans have already flocked to adjusting the image to find any extra hints. Cawthon has a tradition of hiding extra messages inside images, and this one is no exception. A brightened version of the image shows the word “NIGHTMARE” scribbled all over. It’s hard to make out, but it’s there, I promise.
Brightening the image also reveals more of the animatronic, making it clearer that it’s most likely Springtrap. Given that Springtrap is supposedly confirmed as being haunted by the murderer, this makes the text even more interesting. Maybe Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 is going to cast doubt on the conclusion drawn at the end of the last game.
And is it just me, or does Springtrap look a little Scissorhands-esque here? His fingers look more like bibs and bobs you’d find lying around on the Enterprise than the stuff animatronics would be made from.
Several videos have already popped up on YouTube with fans going through what they think this latest image means.