Five Nights at Freddy's is a fairly popular series of horror games, growing up to several entries big just in the span of six years. It makes sense, then, that the community surrounding it is equally as big and passionate. Browse through YouTube enough and you'll likely come across the likes of gamers like Markiplier or Jacksepticeye who often play both the FNaF games and their fan game counterparts. For every mainline FNaF game, you'll quickly find a passionate fan spinoff out there. That's why today's news is a much-needed dose of heartwarming. Today's story brings us to the official FNaF subreddit, where series creator Scott Cawthon brought an announcement.

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Effective immediately, Cawthon revealed he'll be supporting developers with their fanmade creations in a variety of areas as they make their games a reality. "It's a project that's designed to invest into those franchises, give back to the developers, and hopefully bring new entries to those franchises as well!" Cawthon writes. "There have been some great fanmade spinoff universes created in this community, and I want to see them keep going; that's why I've put some of my own cash toward development of new games in those game series." Cawthon goes on to specify that he won't interfere in the actual development process for these games, leaving that entirely to the direction of their creators.

Rather, Cawthon intends to help fund, bundle, and release the games onto other platforms, such as consoles. "The difference now is that they'll also be bundled up with other games from the same series, such as the classic versions, or remakes, or minigames, and sold on most major consoles and mobile as well (at least that's the plan)." Cawthon even teased that this collaboration may help bring about toys and merchandise for those fanmade spinoffs. The first set of fanmade games to receive this treatment will be the following: Five Nights at Candy's 4, The Joy of Creation: Ignited Collection, Popgoes Evergreen, One Night at Flumpty's 3, and a full remake/re-imagining of the original FNaF from Phisnom. Hard telling what the next lineup will be!

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In any case, this is some wonderful, wonderful news after all of the delays, hardships, and chaos that 2020 has consisted of. Not only that, it just goes to show how community-focused Cawthon is. What a way to show some love to the fans! You can read the full post from Cawthon himself on the community subreddit. It didn't take long for his post to become the most upvoted thread on there. As far as the mainline FNaF series goes, there's been a lot of buzz. Cawthon consistently keeps putting out new games for it, and there are even talks of a movie in the works. It's a pretty staggering series to get into at this point, but it's well worth it for the fun and scares it provides. Thanks to this new initiative, more people than ever before will get introduced to the weird and wild world of FNaF and its fan universe.

Tanner
Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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