Hello, friends. Feeling dull lately? Winter blues dragging you down? Know what you need to put the “zing” back in your life? A grime-encrusted bear animatronic screaming directly in your face? Oh, you don't? Too bad: It’s probably happening anyway. An ESRB listing indicates a Five Nights at Freddy’s VR game is likely on its way.
Late last week, a Teen ESRB rating was posted for a PlayStation VR game titled Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted. The rating has since been pulled, but the Five Nights at Freddy’s subreddit preserved a screenshot of the rating and its description:
"This is a VR puzzle/horror game in which players assume the role of a repair person tasked with monitoring/repairing animatronic characters at a pizzeria. From a first-person perspective, players explore dark hallways, complete puzzles, and try to avoid menacing, malfunctioning animatronic figures. The game contains frequent screams and jump scares, with the words ‘You Are Dead’ appearing on screen after players are attacked."
This blurb, if accurate, paints a (dark, spooky) picture of a game that sounds familiar for fans of Five Nights at Freddy's (FNAF)—but different, too. FNAF games typically anchor players to one spot while they try to fend off bloodthirsty Chuck E Cheese-style animatronics. This ESRB description indicates players might be expected to get off their tush and take a more active role in repairing and monitoring the animatronics ("players explore dark hallways [and] complete puzzles"). That's seemingly on top of the usual business of trying not to get your head bitten off by the titular Freddy Fazbear and his merry band of buddies.
Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon typically updates his fans about ongoing projects, but he's been quiet for a while. Chances are he might be busy with this VR project, but even in the unlikely event it's a no-show, Scott’s still keeping busy with production on the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's movie. The latest game in the series is Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, which came out in 2017. We have a guide if you need it. We also have a guide that explains the sometimes-complicated lore and convoluted (but fascinating) timeline behind Five Nights at Freddy's.