Five Nights at Freddy’s World, the colorful JRPG inspired by the jump scare horror series, has released early. As we reported a week ago, it was originally not scheduled for release until February 19, but those logging onto Steam can already download the game.
On first look, Five Nights at Freddy’s World is a cutesy, colorful spin on the popular horror series. Players control the characters from the Five Nights at Freddy’s series, where they form a battle party and travel around the world, fighting monsters and dungeon-crawling. It boasts “40 playable characters, multiple endings, multiple difficulties, and a great soundtrack from artist Leon Riskin.” Creator Scott Cawthon has said that the game is not scary, but the Steam description ends with the ominous “behind the curtain there may be something, even more, sinister pulling the strings.”
The Five Nights at Freddy’s series has never stuck particularly close to their announced release dates, but maybe this one should have. Not long after the game went live, Cawthon added a message titled “To the community” to the game’s official Steam page. In it, he apologizes for the early release of the game, essentially stating that it is currently incomplete and he is working his hardest to get it fixed quickly.
Cawthon writes, “I’ve never felt that I’d released a game too early… until now.” He continues by explaining, “There are a lot of features this game should have had before release… I got too eager to show the things that were finished, that I neglected to pay attention to the things that weren’t.” He ends his statement with the following: “So I say this to a community that I’ve enjoyed and respected for over a year and a half now – I’m sorry. I will continue to add features to the game and make it right.”
Cawthon has always been very upfront with the community around his Five Nights at Freddy’s games, and they have a tremendous and rabid following. Early reaction to his statement has been divisive, with some people supporting him for being upfront, apologizing, and working to fix the problems. Others have called for the game to be pulled from the sale or at least given the “Early Access” tag until it is fixed. Still others have already claimed their refunds for the game are on the way. As of this writing, Five Night’s at Freddy’s World is still available for purchase on Steam.
Excited to play Five Nights at Freddy’s World? What do you think should be done if a game’s developer apologizes for the quality almost immediately upon release. Let us know in the comments.