Recently, the Scottgames site featured a new Five Nights at Freddy?s Sister Location animatronic. The new animatronic looked like it had a broken face similar to the ?Mangle? animatronic from the previous entries in the franchise. However, its mechanical wirings looked like tentacle appendages which imply a ?Cthulhu? imagery from H.P. Lovecraft?s works. Will Scott Cawthon?s next game have Lovecraftian horror themes?
As seen on the ScottGames site, the new animatronic has metal wirings tangled with each other. The animatronic?s name hasn?t been revealed, but fans speculate that it is actually ?Ennard? due to the text with the image that reads, ?There?s a little of me in every body.? Logically, every person has an ?innard,? if the quote is taken as a clue to this new animatronic?s name.
In the previous games, the insides of the animatronics are uncanny robotic exoskeletons. Metal cords and wirings weren?t usual in the older animatronics. Regardless of having metal cords inside them, these animatronics are widely accepted as ?haunted? due to their murderous nature which is not part of their supposed programming. Perhaps ?Ennard? will have gimmicks similar to the ?Mangle? animatronic which retains absurd mobility despite having significantly fewer limbs.
Additionally, the tentacle imagery seen in ?Ennard?s? wirings used in horror settings shift toward the fictional Lovecraftian creature ?Cthulhu.? Besides looking scary and unsettling, the Cthulhu concept signifies an inevitable and unpreventable return of a dreaded creature and mostly banks on the fear caused by the person?s helplessness in the situation. Helplessness is a staple in the main characters of the previous Five Nights at Freddy?s entries as they often prefer to sit and defend themselves from outside threats instead of finding a way to take them down for good. If Cawthon did consider Lovecraftian themes in the upcoming game, he may be able to fulfill his promise of scaring his fans again, as such theme often touches on psychological horror, which is beyond his usual jumpscares.
In the Five Nights at Freddy?s Sister Location trailer, the footage of panicked camera panning and crawling through vents may confirm character movement in the upcoming game. However, the nature of the animatronics to ?stuff? a person inside another animatronic may still result in one-mistake Game Overs.
Additionally, Cawthon would have to introduce a new gameplay mechanic in Five Nights at Freddy?s Sister Location to effectively scare his fans in the next game. Fans have experienced the same gameplay from the four games in the series, and they might be disappointed instead of being scared if Cawthon heavily recycles his concepts again.