Is 'Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach' Canceled?

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach was originally slated for a 2021 release date, but many are beginning to wonder if the horror game has now been canceled.

What is Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach?

The Five Nights at Freddy's series (commonly abbreviated to FNAF) is the brainchild of Texas-based animator Scott Cawthon. The infamous series has a particularly unusual origin, as Cawthon never intended to get into the horror genre in the first place.

Initially developing Christian educational games, Cawthon was deterred from the profession after reviewers accused his character designs of being unintentionally frightening. Five Nights at Freddy's was directly inspired by this negative criticism as, rather than giving up, Cawthon decided to capitalize on the scary elements of his games and a horror sensation was born.

The franchise's debut title became an instant hit amongst the younger generation, especially after popular YouTubers began to feature it heavily in their Let's Play videos.

The likes of PewDiePie, Markiplier, and Jacksepticeye all helped draw attention to Five Nights at Freddy's through their hyperbolic reactions to its various jump scares and speculation on the game's obscure lore.

Since the breakout success of the first game in 2014, a sequel has been produced nearly every single year, with the exception of 2020. Sometimes entries were turned around in even quicker succession, like when Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Five Nights at Freddy's 4 came out within mere months of each other.

The franchise arguably became a victim of its own hype and overexposure, as these later releases were only incremental upgrades at best and never quite tapped into the same cultural zeitgeist.

Yet there was a little more buzz around Security Breach, which would have been the series' 10th game in just seven years. For a start, it was going to represent a significant technical upgrade, given that it was planned to launch on the PS5 with real-time, ray-tracing capabilities. Not only that, but it also looked considerably more ambitious than the other sequels, as it allowed the player to explore a much larger area.

Previous entries in the mainline Five Nights at Freddy's series had you confined to an office in a Chuck E. Cheese-style entertainment center. There, you would have to monitor the CCTV feed and remotely control various security systems to ensure that the restaurant's evil animatronic performers could not reach you. If you failed to keep these demonic assailants at bay, then you would be treated to a startling jump scare and the night shift would come to an unceremonious end.

Security Breach promised to breathe new life into the IP, by letting you actually walk around the world for a change. No longer confined to a desk, you would need to avoid the animatronics through careful stealth or by running away.

Why Is Scott Cawthon Retiring?

Security Breach was shaping up to be just the shot in the arm that the franchise required, but its future has been called into question now that its creator has officially retired.

Cawthon recently made the announcement via his website, citing the fact that he wants to move on to other things as the main reason he is stepping away from game development.

Last week, he was embroiled in a Twitter scandal when users discovered that he had provided financial donations to several U.S. politicians, many of whom have been criticized for holding what some interpret as transphobic views.

Cawthon subsequently published a lengthy Reddit post in which he affirmed his love for the LGBTQIA2S+ community, but stated that he would not apologize for exercising his rights as an American citizen.

Just four days after this controversy blew up, he has now announced his retirement. His statement only directly addresses the backlash once, with a sentence that reads: "I have been shown tremendous love and support over the past week, a lot of which has come from the LGBTQ community. The kindness shown to me has been surreal."

This post has been met with an outpouring of support from Five Nights at Freddy's dedicated fanbase.

The world of gaming will never be the same. Thank you Scott Cawthon. For everything, you've done for us. I wouldn't be here without the things you made, the worlds you helped us to escape to, the spark that would give life to my creative side. ♥️ #ThankYouScott pic.twitter.com/CjAt1XGJVB

— JAD Cruz (@ColorsphereJAD) June 17, 2021

I noticed that Scott Cawthon is not in a good mood today, so I decided to draw this! pic.twitter.com/EUsTS2dQvW

— JonlukevilleTV Art (@JLTV_Art) June 12, 2021

I hope that you have a wonderful life with your family, thank you for all of the wonderful games and memories, you will be deeply missed...

Love you, Scott#ScottCawthon pic.twitter.com/KkIJwnebrO

— bigboulder1 (@bigboulder11) June 17, 2021

Is Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach Canceled?

With Cawthon no longer attached, fans have begun to wonder if the future of Security Breach is now in jeopardy. Ever since the first game, Cawthon has been the driving force behind the Five Nights at Freddy's series (developing many of the earlier games single-handedly) and it is difficult to envision how it could possibly continue without him.

Yet, Cawthon has reassured fans that he will be handing the reins of the franchise over to somebody else.

In his website post he wrote: "Is this the end of FNAF? No. This just means that someone else will eventually be running the show; someone of my own choosing, and someone that I trust. We will have to wait and see how it all plays out, but an announcement will be made at some point."

While it is currently unclear if Cawthon's successor will be restarting from scratch, or if they will complete any remaining work on Security Breach, it will surely come as a relief for fans to learn that Five Nights at Freddy's has not yet run its course.

In addition to this, the upcoming reboot was being developed in partnership with Steel Wool Studios, so they are also in a position to finalize the game.

In short, there is a good chance that Security Breach will eventually see the light of day, although it is reasonable to assume that it might be postponed a little because of this development.

Newsweek has contacted Cawthon for comment, but at the time of publication had received no response.

A Possessed Animatronic Performer Plays Guitar
Screenshot taken from the "Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach" trailer. The game has players trying to evade possessed animatronic performers. Scott Cawthon