Does Five Nights at Freddy's Need Another Sequel?
Five Nights at Freddy's has taken the gaming world by storm, especially when it comes to the mobile gaming landscape. The latest trailer introducing Five Nights at Freddy's 3 has surfaced, and it's one more addition to a franchise that doesn't exactly look as though it deserves yet another installment. It's on the horizon, however, and one more example of bite-sized chunks of games being celebrated without any real contributions or improvements one after another. Does the world need another Five Nights at Freddy's? Are we doomed to celebrate releases that make minor tweaks and then release in such rapid-fire succession that you can hardly tell any time has passed since the original?
Five Nights at Freddy's first released back in August 2014, with the sequel being released a few short months later in November. With the third already being teased right now (the end of January 2015), it looks as though this could be an emergent trend among indie developers and those looking to make a quick buck while capitalizing on work they've already done. Some have likened the process to the annualization of the Call of Duty franchise, where the formula has been watered down and watered down so that it's become a yearly event, an occurrence that many gamers look upon with disdain.
Five Nights at Freddy's is already so low-cost, so light on content, and so cost-ineffective that it sets a terrifying precedent for gamers looking to get the most out of their hard-earned cash, and Scott Cawthon's lazy lo-fi brand of survival horror may have been an intriguing departure at first, but it's slowly but surely wearing thin on my nerves, especially given the fact that there are far better alternatives out there.
So watch the trailer, get "hyped" for an upcoming entry in the Five Nights at Freddy's mythos, but take a step back and think about what kind of business model you're supporting when you purchase the games that were pushed out right on top of each other. It could be spelling out a discouraging new pattern in the mobile gaming industry, and you may very well find that it's something you start taking issue with in the near future.