The wait is finally here: after teasers, hints, and plenty more waiting, Five Nights at Freddy’s Developer Scott Cawthon released Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, the third installment of the franchise, on Steam.
The wait began not long after the release of Five Nights at Freddy’s 2. Scott Cawthon was known to place cryptic teaser images on his webpage to whet the appetites of Five Nights at Freddy’s fans, and he did just that, placing image after image hinting at the various mechanics and characters that could be in the game until the game was launched. In late January, Mr. Cawthon released a trailer, and the game appeared on Steam Greenlight. In late February, he released a joke game to mess with his fans, but that was a smokescreen for the demo, which was sent to various youtubers last night. This morning, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 has finally found a spot in the Steam Store.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is, obviously, the third game in the series, which all revolve around your being a security guard at a shady pizzaria (though in this case, you work at a horror attraction inspired by the locations in the previous two games) as you prevent the friendly animatronic mascots from killing you. Also like the first game, it works with a point-and-click interface, using the mouse to check cameras, glance around the office, and look for trouble in vents or doors. Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 uses this same mechanic, but it seems to utilize it not unlike a tower defense game, where you block off exits, play distracting noises, and check various systems as you keep danger away. Unlike its predecessors, it seems a little busier, allowing the player to take a more active role in preventing their death than they would in other games in the series.
If you want to test the waters yourself, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is available on steam for $7.99. You can also watch the trailer below: