There are several reasons why I'm one of ten people above the age of 25 who's interested in Scott Cawthon's Five Nights at Freddy's horror series. The biggest reason is my subconscious wariness of Chuck E Cheese's. The first time I entered one of the restaurants -- I was five or so -- parts of the play area and theatre were roped off, and broken glass glittered menacingly in muted light.
Was that the same trip where I watched a kid flounder through the ball pit with the distress of a drowning man? Maybe that was another visit. Either way bad pizza, ratty animatronics, and horror shows combine easily in my mind, like some kind of twisted Captain Planet summoning ritual. And that's why I'm interested in the first trailer for Scott's fifth Five Nights at Freddy's game, sub-titled Sister Location.
In true FNAF fashion, the trailer for Sister Location is vague and creepy. You won't find much information about what's going on, though that's not stopping YouTubers from tearing the trailer apart frame-by-frame. FNAF trailers are the human equivalent of a Kong filled with peanut butter.
That said, a single viewing of the trailer reveals things are looking a bit different from FNAF games of months past. There's no pizza parlor or bedroom this time around. Instead, there's talk of being "deep underground" alongside restless, angry memories.
The animatronics in FNAF have good reason for being temperamental, though it's unclear what's up with the "deep underground" business. In fact, the location you're presumably cowering in this time around looks round, small, and fortified -- like a bunker. What's going on? Did the Machines take over and recruit Freddy Fazbear and his pals?
That's not too nutty next some of the weird story theories that get tossed around by the FNAF fan community. But even if it's correct, it doesn't explain why the trailer highlights a number of animatronics we haven't seen before, including a ballerina, a hale-and-hearty build of the fox animatronic who will eventually become Mangle (so-named after being taken apart by overzealous children), and a grinning, staring clown-girl who has no business existing in this world or any other.
It'll be interesting to see how everything comes together, especially since Scott Cawthon promised a different experience when he announced Sister Location. What happened, here? Does this game take place before the original Five Nights at Freddy's, or long after it? And who in their right mind would hang up a figurine of Balloon Boy in their workspace?
Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location is due out this fall. Scott is infamous for jumping the gun on his release dates, but he appears to have lost his taste for the cliché since his first release of the Five Nights at Freddy's RPG, FNAFWorld, turned out to be a bit of a mess. He's since re-released the game, and you can download it for free on GameJolt.
However you feel about Scott Cawthon's games, you have to admire how much his modelling skills have improved since the first FNAF trailer hit the internet two years ago.