Just over a month ago, FNAF creator Scott Cawthorn announced that he was in talks to bring his indie horror series to home consoles. Responding to a post on the Steam community page for Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, he stated; “Actually, yes! It will happen. I’m talking with a few companies who are interested in doing console remakes of the original games.”
Given the huge success of the point-and-click horror phenomenon since its inception back in 2014, it’s no surprise that Freddy Fazbear and his gang of terrifying yet oddly adorable workmates would make their way to a wider audience via console gaming. Hell, there’s even slow yet promising progress on a movie adaption of the game as we speak!
The question is: would a straight port make a significant impact that would benefit the franchise? Possibly not. Barring a few of examples such as Grim Fandango and King’s Quest, point-and-click games are seldom smash hits on the likes of PS4 and Xbox One compared to other genres, arguably because they just play better with a mouse and keyboard as opposed to a controller. The likes of Telltale games have done a great job of implementing the point-and-click onto consoles by integrating gripping storylines and quick time events in the majority of their games, which is something that FNAF could benefit from when it does eventually make the crossover.
Scott did state however that they would be “remakes”, which leaves a lot open to interpretation in terms of what form we will see these remakes in. A good example of what might be coming is the fan-created spin off The Joy of Creation, which introduced a free-roaming concept similar to that found in the cancelled yet groundbreaking PT demo. Keeping the atmospheric tension of the original games combined with the freedom to explore and an expanded narrative could be very special indeed.
As only initial talks are being held with companies to bring Five Nights across to consoles as of this moment, it could be a long wait before we see the demented staff of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza hit the likes of PS4, Xbox One or Wii U. But rest assured when it does, no matter what form it is in, we will be begging for 6am to come around.