Given Scott Cawthorn’s unpredictable upload schedule, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach could be just around the corner, so we have no time to waste figuring out what to expect or look forward to in this spinoff series! Originally set to release holiday season of 2020, a combination of quarantine delays and an overabundance of content has caused the horror franchise to push off release in favor of final polish and finishing touches, so there’s a lot to look forward to, from new villains to new gameplay features like free-roam. Grab a flashlight, make sure you pack some spare batteries, and let’s dive on in.
To begin, the series has a new venue, a new and improved cast, and a new(ish) antagonist with which to terrorize our nightmares. This new venue was teased in the holiday update to FnaF VR: Help Wanted and later confirmed to be the Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizza Plex in the PS5 trailer released by Steel Wool Studios. They went on further to provide this handy quote about the complex on the PlayStation Blog:
“Hey, kids! Do you want pizza?! Well, Fazbear Entertainment has spared no expense developing the world’s most extreme family fun center – Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizza Plex! At three stories tall, it’s the flashiest, raddest, rockingist, safest* pizzeria the universe has ever seen. Of course, Freddy and the band are excited to meet you! Utilizing the latest in animatronic technology, you can actually party with the stars themselves. So, on your next birthday, let Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizza Plex make you a SUPERSTAR!
* Disclaimer: Fazbear Entertainment cannot guarantee guest safety.”
What wide shots we see in the trailer certainly support this theory of this being the biggest, glamest FnaF location so far, expected to utilize a lot of the new console’s ray-tracing tech to really hammer in the 80s aesthetic of lights and rock. We also see this demonstrated in the later tech demo released at the NVIDIA GeForce RTX event, which also allows us a sneak peak at more areas of this Pizza Plex. While not a full trailer, we do get a glimpse of some of the behind-the-scenes areas of the Pizza Plex as well as some different dining areas.
The Glamrock cast themselves are a mix of new and old faces, with a Glamrock version of Freddy and Chica taking the mainstage alongside new animatronics Montgomery Gater and Roxanne Wolf. Both trailers also reference a new child, whom both Vanny (our antagonist friend-turned-bunny from FnaF: Help Wanted) and Glamrock Freddy refer to as Gregory, with the latter taking a more protective role over this child. It seems likely that certain animatronics will actually be helping us in the new game, given the 12” figure releases through Funko, which is already working the merch for the new game. There’s also some interesting dynamics between Vanny the bunny and the blond security guard named Vanessa, as revealed in their twin 12” figure. Whether they are two separate characters, or if we have a Jekyll/Hyde situation on our hands is unclear at the moment, but it’s easy to see that these two characters are at least related.
Fans of FnaF: Help Wanted may recognize Vanny’s mask from the Curse of Dreadbear Halloween DLC, where it was implied to have belonged to our beta tester guide, also sometimes referred to as Tape Girl, due to her collection of cassette tapes which she uses to leave messages to the player in that game. With her mask featuring as the only known jumpscare from the trailers and her slightly robotic voice tailing us through the complex trailers, it’s a pretty safe bet she’ll be our main antagonist in FnaF Security Breach. Gameplay may feature Hide-and-Seek-like mechanics where we as Gregory are on the run from Vanny, but to be honest, we just aren’t sure yet, as there has yet to be a second official trailer for the game.
On the plus side, we do know to expect this second trailer sometime this March, as Scott Cawthorn has stated after the collective fan disappointment over the NVIDIA tech demo. From there, we can speculate a mid-year release sometime during May of 2021, possibly to celebrate the 2 year anniversary of FnaF: Help Wanted, which was released on May 28th of 2019. Until then, keep your eyes out for killer robots and neon lights!