A leaked trailer of a new Five Nights at Freddy’s game has caused quite a commotion in the FNAF community.
The leaked trailer revealed that the upcoming FNAF game is a 2D side-scroller titled Five Nights at Freddy’s: Into the Pit, which presumably adapts the plot of its book counterpart. From what the leaked trailer showed, the game has players follow the story of 10-year-old Oswald as he attempts to rescue his father from Spring Bonnie. To do so, he has to jump into the old ball pit of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria to take him back to 1985, during the Pizzeria’s heyday.
Like in other horror side-scrollers, such as Mr. Hopp’s Playhouse 2, players can have Oswald hide in the Pizzeria’s hollowed-out animatronics (e.g. Freddy Fazbear themselves) whenever Spring Bonnie chases him. Unfortunately, the trailer didn’t mention when Into The Pit is scheduled for release.
The leaked trailer first appeared on YouTube but was made private sometime afterward, possibly due to its developer, Mega Cat Studios, not officially releasing it at the time per the r/fivenightsatfreddys subreddit. However, FNAF creator Scott Cawthon later mentioned that discussing the trailer and its contents is allowed as it is now out, despite his wish to keep it a secret “for a bit longer.” Cawthon also mentioned that Mega Cat Studios has been developing Into The Pit for some time and that he is proud of the final product. Lastly, he revealed that Into The Pit will be “a 10th-anniversary game,” putting its release date on Aug. 8, 2024.
FNAF fans are excited about the upcoming game, with many expressing it to Cawthon in the subreddit and JonnyBlox’s Twitter post. Many have commented that Into The Pit’s graphics look good and that they can’t wait to play it. Others are more critical of the game; some said that Into The Pit’s gameplay and hiding spots are terrible. Nevertheless, the majority of fans are ecstatic to welcome one of the latest additions to the FNAF franchise with open arms.
Into The Pit’s announcement puts the canonicity of the FNAF books into a more secure position. Many fans have debated whether the game’s book counterpart and others are canon to the timeline the FNAF games follow. While Cawthon and Mega Cat Studios have yet to comment on Into The Pit’s canonicity, its adaptation into a video game certainly helps its case to become canon to the FNAF timeline.
Interestingly, it is also unknown if Cawthon participated in Into The Pit’s development. The famed creator previously announced his retirement from the video game industry on his website. According to Game Rant, he stated that he wants to focus more on the things he did before FNAF became the success it now is.