Scott Cawthon has announced that he will retire and will no longer work on the popular Five Nights at Freddy games, a series that began seven years ago. To his website Cawthon wrote: "I've had a blissful, satisfying and rich career. They've shown me great kindness and I've tried to show great kindness in return. I've tried to make some good games (let the debate go)" and I have witnessed the creation of possibly the most creative and talented fan base on the planet. "
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Cawthon had donated significant amounts of money to conservative and political action committees, including Donald Trump. Many fans of the FNAF games are members of the LGBTQ + community and reacted negatively to the news, prompting Cawthon to announce at the time "this is what I do not apologize for."
In explaining his retirement, Cawthon focused on how he misses the playful nature of playing games as an amateur. "I miss playing games for my kids," he wrote, "I miss doing it just for fun and I miss playing role-playing games even though it stinks. All this to say I retire." He referred to the controversy only obliquely and said, "He has shown me tremendous love and support over the past week, many of whom have come from the LGBTQ community. The kindness he has shown me shown has been surreal ".
Cawthon also explained that while it will not make the games, the FNAF series will continue in some way. "Is this the end of the FNAF? No. That means someone else will end up directing the program; someone you choose and someone you trust. We'll have to wait and see how it all works, but an announcement will be made at some point."
The next game in the series, Five Nights at Freddy & # 39; s: Security Breach, was previously announced with a release date for 2021 and the film adaptation would start shooting this year.