Five Nights at Freddy’s isn’t ready to go the way of Angry Birds or Flappy Bird just yet. This once-huge name wants to keep its momentum going. According to a brief and enigmatic posting from the series creator, console ports are indeed on the way.
Five Nights at Freddy’s probably needs no introduction. The original game first arrived in 2014, bringing a uniquely immerse and visceral horror experience. From a totally simple premise emerged a huge media empire, spanning everything from novels to action figures. Quite an achievement for one-man development team Scott Cawthorn.
The jump-tastic franchise may have conquered PC and mobile, but it hasn’t ventured onto consoles yet. I’ve been overdue, though. Back in May 2016, as Polygon reported, talks were underway to port the original titles to console. Over a year later, in September 2017, Cawthorn announced that said ports had been cancelled, stating:
“I've called it off due to concerns about the deal. This is something that's very important to me, and I'm not going to do it unless it's done right.”
Still, there’s a lot of flip-flopping in the magical world of games development. Especially where the ever-enigmatic and unpredictable Five Nights at Freddy’s creator is concerned. For now, at least, it seems as though the console versions we were promised are actually on the way and taking shape.
As Destructoid reports, Cawthorn had published a new update on the subject. In the Steam Community for spin-off Ultimate Custom Night (a mash-up title featuring 50 different characters from the Freddy’s universe), he posted a huge update on the franchise and upcoming projects. Among other things, a first draft of the first FNaF movie is complete, and outlines have been completed for a second and third film. This isn’t a guarantee that all three will get made, he states, but a cohesive story is taking shape.
If that weren’t enough for the FNaF faithful, Cawthorn also confirmed that work on the ports is underway. He kept it short and sweet, as is his wont (“Console Port Progress: Deal signed; ports in progress! More news coming soon!”), but that’s nothing fans aren’t used to. They’ll probably be content enough with the knowledge that everything does seem to be going ahead. There was a real fear that the ports were going to be stuck in limbo, after all.