Five Nights at Freddy's true ending might never be solved
According to the official news section for Five Nights at Freddy's 4, Scott Cawthon is considering not releasing what is in the box found at the end of the game. In the same news release, Scott stated that the October 31st DLC for Five Nights at Freddy's 4 will still be released, but there are two big changes.
First, the DLC is no longer a paid DLC as fans believed. Instead it will come as part of a regular game update to version 1.1. This update will contain new content for the extras menu including: a cheat menu, a challenge menu, and a new mini-game that will offer a boost when playing challenge modes.
Second, the DLC will not reveal what is inside the infamous box at the game. While fans have anticipated the upcoming DLC for that very reason, Scott feels as though it might be best to leave the ending ambiguous. In his own words:
You know, when I released the first game over a year ago, I was amazed at how quickly everyone found every bit of lore and story. Then the same happened with part 2, fans and youtubers dug in and found everything. Game Theory did an incredible video on part 2; getting almost everything right. Then part 3 came out, and once again the story was uncovered by the community. It seemed that there was nothing I could hide!
But then I released part 4, and somehow.... no one, not a single person, found the pieces. The story remains completely hidden. I guess most people assumed that I filled the game with random easter eggs this time. I didn't. What's in the box? It's the pieces put together. But the bigger question is- would the community accept it that way? The fact that the pieces have remained elusive this time strikes me as incredible, and special, a fitting conclusion in some ways, and because of that, I've decided that maybe some things are best left forgotten, forever.
Fans were quick to rush to the comments section, begging for Scott to release the contents of the box. However, without a single fan theory coming close to the true answer we may be doomed to never know. As it stands, several fans have challenged Scott to release the contents of the box if they are able to find out what the true story behind FNAF 4 is. At this point in time Scott has yet to release any reply to these challenges.
While I have never played the Five Nights at Freddy's games myself, I have always been interested in the fan theories surrounding the game. In fact, it was because FNAF has such a twisted and well-hidden lore that I added it to my list of favorite games for storytelling and lore. The gamer part of me truly wants to know the meaning of the box, but the fiction author part of me feels like Scott might be right. If the ending is left ambiguous it could stand as one of the great Gothic stories of the 21st Century, and giving away the truth of the infamous pizzeria might just ruin it.
What do you guys think? Do you feel like gamers are getting ripped off by being denied the true ending? Is the game ending the way it is the perfect Gothic story? Leave your opinions in the comments section below!