NeoGAFs Kent Brockman
Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that Five Nights at Freddy’s, or FNaF, is a global sensation. But how did this horror game about creepy animatronic animals get so many sequels, books, fan theories, and even a movie? This is the History of Five Nights At Freddy’s.
0:00 - Introduction
0:25 - Chipper and Sons Lumber Co
1:25 - Five Nights at Freddy's (2014)
3:50 - Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (2014)
5:55 - Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (2015)
7:58 - Five Nights at Freddy's 4 (2015)
9:30 - Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location (2016)
10:19 - Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator (2017)
10:48 - Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted (2019)
11:52 - Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach (2021)
Five Nights at Freddy's started life as a terrifying indie game made by a one-man development team and exploded in popularity when its jumpscares and creepy animatronics became perfect YouTube let's play fodder. Over time, FNaF has become a colossal franchise, with multiple sequels, spin-offs, books, and even a movie.
In the above video, we chronicle the history of the mainline FNaF games, starting with Chipper & Sons Lumber Co, an indie game that got ripped apart by critics but eventually led to creator Scott Cawthon making something even scarier. Cawthon's new project was Five Nights at Freddy's, a relatively straightforward horror game where you play as a nighttime security guard at a Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria, a family-friendly pizza spot haunted by broken and dangerous animatronics. Thanks to its cheap price point, dark lore, and scares, it skyrocketed in popularity, and Cawthon released many sequels in quick succession. This is the story of the entire franchise, from inception to what it is today.