Scott Cawthon has confirmed Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach has been delayed again, with the upcoming game losing its release date.
It sounds like Scott Cawthon's Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach should've been renamed Five Delays at Freddy's. With the animatronic nightmare due to enter a new era with its tenth main series entry, a much glossier game and move to a whole new location mean all eyes are on the titular Freddy Fazbear. While we've known about Security Breach since August 2019, the global pandemic and several other factors have led to the milestone title being delayed.
The bizarre concept of FNaF was born in an unusual way, thanks to the negative reception to Cawthon's Chipper & Sons Lumber Co. Players were scared by the terrifying appearance of the game's main character (a beaver), so Cawthon reworked this nightmarish creature into the colourful cast of the Chuck E. Cheese-inspired Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria. The franchise usually revolves around night watchmen trying to evade the murderous intentions of rogue animatronics that roam various locations at night.
From the humble roots of the first game in 2014, Five Nights at Freddy's has exploded in popularity and even entered Guinness Book of Records: Gamer's Edition for the most sequels released in a year. Keen to make the most of the PlayStation 5 and its next-gen potential, Security Breach is more than just a lick of paint.
Why is Five Night at Freddy's: Security Breach delayed?
Now, Five Nights at Freddy': Security Breach has been delayed once again, with Cawthon trying to make it up to fans. Posting on Reddit, Cawthon apologised and told the baying crowd, "As you all know, Security Breach was originally planned to come out at the end of 2020, but as we kept working on it and kept adding to it, it just kept getting bigger and bigger and needed more time to finish".
We'd hoped to be exploring the next-gen title by now, but a humbled Cawthon added, "And now, again, I've made the decision to put more time and money into it to make sure it's finished properly, and that means a late 2021 release instead of an early 2021 release like I had originally wanted. It will be worth it!" It's not exactly the news we'd been looking for, but as a sorry, Cawthon is tiding us over with a new game that ties into the series.
When will we see Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach?
To make up for another delay, Cawthon has dropped a free game called Security Breach: Fury's Rage on Game Jolt. This furry fighter takes the various FNaF favourites and pits them against each other in this beat-em-up. It's a not-so-subtle riff on the Streets of Rage games and is sure to help pass the time until Security Breach's full release. Then again, there are sure to be those who are annoyed the team has put time into creating a spinoff game instead of all its efforts into getting Security Breach out.
Speaking of which, there's still no concrete release date for Security Breach, other than a sketchy release window of later this year. There was a small trailer at February's Sony State of Play, but apart from that, we're largely in the dark about what to expect from Security Breach. Elsewhere, we know the game will initially launch on PS5, PS4, and PC, before a wider release three months later. With Cawthon hyping Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, let's hope the delays are worth it, and we don't have another Cyberpunk 2077 on our hands.
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