Scott Cawthon, the creator of the famous Five Nights at Freddy’s series, made an announcement today that he’d be pulling the newest game, FNaF World, from the Steam ‘shelves.’ The FNaF World creator cited poor reviews and ratings as his main motivation for taking the game off of Steam. Despite the game having a “Very Positive” rating with 87%, some theorize that Scott is giving in to the haters. The sad reality seems to be that there are some who pre-judged the game based off the fact that their beloved horror characters from the Five Nights at Freddy’s games were now turning into cuter versions for an RPG Adventure. But on the other side of the fence, fans of the new FNaF World had wonderful things to say about it.
Scott Cawthon made sure to mention that a more polished and improved FNaF World would return one day:
I’m still going to work on FNaF World and polish it up. I’m busy creating a fully 3D overworld for the game. When I’m ready to update the game, I will replace the demo currently on GameJolt with the full game. From this point forward, the game will always be free.
Those who purchased the game from Steam will soon be able to refund their purchase regardless of how long they’ve owned the game. I would hate to inject too much of my own personal opinion in the matter, for the sake of maintaining journalistic professionalism (although let’s face it, there are major news sources that still seem to call him Scott “Cawthorne…” come on, guys…), but I felt as though the game was not only decently good, but within a matter of hours, Scott pushed an update through that solved a few basic issues that some players noted in a timely manner. An overworld map was one example, along with descriptions of chip power-ups and more. If Scott is pulling his game only because he is personally not proud of the product and/or feels he somehow did wrong by his many fans (even though the official sub-reddit comments above are in favor), then that seems to me to be a perfectly acceptable rationale. But if his reasoning only lies in the fact that there were hate-filled or poor reviews of the game, then pulling the game would seem unnecessarily superfluous.
No word yet on if the game will return to Steam after the improvements are made, but Scott did mention that we can find it on GameJolt when he feels it’s ready.