‘FNAF: Sister Location’ Delay Just a Practical Joke

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Scott Cawthon dropped a bomb on FNAF fans earlier this week. The newest update on Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location’s Steam store page states that the game will be delayed for at least a few months. The timing couldn’t have been worse for hardcore Five Nights at Freddy’s players who were expecting to play the newest title in the series this weekend. Fortunately, it was all just an elaborate hoax, and Sister Location is available now on Steam.

The Setup

The official statement from Cawthon said that he always wanted to be an independent world builder and game creator, but the popularity of Five Nights at Freddy’s had gotten too big to manage. The first few titles in the series satisfied his vision for the lore, timeline and story, but he was worried that this new game might be too dark and offensive. He then claimed that unit he could make Sister Location into what he wanted it to be, he would release a “Mature” version split into chapters through GameJolt instead of Steam.

Sister Location: MA

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The alleged first chapter, titled Sister Location: MA, is a fully playable game that you can download right now. It’s ridiculous. The disclaimer on GameJolt reads “This game is tagged for mature audiences. It could contain content you may not want to view.” However, when you load and begin to play, it immediately becomes clear that this is a major over exaggeration. The game is actually a point-and-click simulator where you select items and try to keep a little kid in a Freddy mask from getting sick and attacked by birds while he camps by a fire for five days. The downloadable game is a goofy and cartoonish parody, so this all seems like a big laugh at everyone’s expense.

The Ultimate Troll

It turns out this was all an elaborate joke. Sister Location came out today as originally planned. This is hardly the firs time the creator has had fun at the expense of fans. Unexpected releases, cryptic messages, and yes, even trolls, are all part of the charm and mystique of the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. Thousands of fans and followers saw through the ruse and responded with comments like, “Fricking troll. Can’t believe I fell for it!” and “Scott, your trolls are the best.” At least with Sister Location: MA we had something fun to play until Friday when we all get terrified by the most extreme FNAF chapter yet.

Andrew Hawkins
Andrew Hawkins is a fan contributor at Fandom. He has been on the fan media scene since 2011. Arriving at Fandom by way of CHUD, GUY.com and Trouble.City; Andrew loves Sci-Fi Horror movies and supervillains. His dislikes include weak plotlines and sky lasers.
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