The first game in the Five Nights at Freddy’s saga was released less than two years ago, but the franchise has already become an enormous sales success, with a movie adaptation in the works. Now there’s word that Freddy Fazbear and his animatronic accomplices might be making their way to consoles.
Over the weekend, a fan asked about console ports on the Steam Community page for the most recent mainline installment in the series, last year’s Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. The next morning, developer Scott Cawthon hopped into the thread to confirm that such a project was in the works.
“Actually, yes!” Cawthon wrote in response to the fan. “I’m talking with a few companies who are interested in doing console remakes of the original games.” It’s not clear whether these “remakes” would make any changes to the original releases, or simply provide access to the games on systems like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise found its popularity thanks to successful releases on mobile platforms, and on PC via Steam. The series’ penchant for jump-scares meant that it was a major hit for YouTubers looking for new content to use in their reaction videos.
Cawthon produced sequels incredibly quickly, with the first releasing just three months after the inaugural game made its debut. Most were fondly received by fans, with the exception of RPG spin-off FNAF World, which was pulled by its creator shortly after launch.
Now, Cawthon is working on a side story titled Sister Location, so it makes perfect sense that another company would be tasked with giving prior installments a second life on consoles. However, given the massive amount of exposure this series has had in the past two years, it remains to be seen how much of its audience remains untapped.