If you read TouchArcade or listen to our podcast, you probably know by now that Scott Cawthon came out and said he's stepping away from developing Five Nights at Freddy's games [$2.99] and that no Five Nights at Freddy's 6 will be coming any time soon. Since we are talking about Scott Cawthon, the man who has repeatedly trolled his fans, his declaration wasn't taken too seriously. However, another Cawthon post seems to confirm that he is indeed stepping away from the series partly because of the community's negativity, which is an issue not unknown to those working in the industry.

According to the post on a FNAF subreddit, Cawthon feels that he simply can't please the game's community any more, and he is finding that to be very discouraging. There's nothing he can do to please the game's fans, and that includes even the most prominent fans. He feels he needs to step away and shift from focusing on those who have grown sour to the franchise to focusing on those who still love the characters and the story. He wants to make games for those who still enjoy the franchise. What that means in terms of the next FNAF game is hard to tell. At the same time, keep in mind that this statement might still be Cawthon trolling. What do you guys think?

  • callmesteam

    Nice of him to clarify. Gaming seems to have some of the more brutal 'fans' and trolls as far as being relentless and rude. Not as a rule, but hopefully the gaming community is able to take a step back and look at how they treat developers and public personalities, especially regarding the series they enjoy most. Hope the time off and refocus serves him well.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Yep, I was just saying in our Discord that this is a huge problem we've had here at TouchArcade and I really don't know how to fix it.

      • Modjular

        I can say that personally, the developer interviews like the one Shaun did with Crescent Moon have been very insightful. Finding out their inspirations for the game, and what their mindset was during development really made it clear that some devs make games just for the love of it, or as a hobby. Too many fans seem to think games are made for their sole approval.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Yeah, but Josh is a bit of an outlier. I've heard from a lot of developers who really don't participate at all in online communities anymore due to rampant negativity and the complete inability to make everyone happy... So the people who are the most upset and disappointed just come out the loudest.

      • Spacetime

        All feedback is good feedback, but if it drives the developers away than the whole point of the forums is moot. We moderate our forums to keep out the snark, drama, and poison. People are welcome and encouraged to express their opinions, but we do insist they not insult us, troll, etc. Some people hate it, but we look at the forums as an extension of our workplace (which they are).

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I wish we would have started doing that five years ago. It's incredibly difficult putting that genie back in the bottle now as if we banned everyone who causes drama or is toxic there'd be few active forum members left. 🙁

      • Spacetime

        A one or two week time out works pretty well. We're constantly reminding people of the rules there with regards to tone. The basic premise is that we are professionals, this is our workplace, and we would like to engage in a meaningful dialog without the drama. Drama gets a time out, extreme repeated toxicity gets a perma-ban. Again, not popular with some folks, but we do tend to get quality feedback in a non-offensive manner. Good luck Eli!

        - Gary

      • Daniel Blackstone

        Finally, a moderator/journalist that shows restraint and professionalism in the comments section lol

  • Akantor

    I highly focus my gaming on premium games. That being said if I get a game that just doesn't jive with me I just move on. I cant make sense of those that want to destroy a hard working devs work for the cost of a cup of coffee. If you get a cup of coffee that isn't great do you berate your barista? Try to look a little deeper than your personal idea of what a game should be or at least do some more homework before buying and then trashing someone's life work.

    • Zaraf

      It's this millennial sense of entitlement. "Everything should be the way I want it to be".

      • Themagicjesus

        Lol way to generation blame like you have anything evidential to back it up. People have said the exact same about other generations like baby boomers for their "screw you, I got mine" attitude which doesn't mean anything either

        All this is, is anonymity on the internet allowing people to be rude without consequence or care. 99% don't see it as insulting a person, it's insulting something immaterial like a username or company, sort of like road rage in a car. It doesn't mean it's okay, it's a side effect. This includes twelve year olds, twenty five year olds, forty year olds, and anyone else using the internet.

        Ridiculous to assume something about an entire generation and cliche because every generation tries to do it to the previous like people don't come from completely different walks of life.

        P.S. if I buy food or a drink and it's terrible, you bet I'm going to let them know. You think because they "made something" they are exempt from it being criticized? How would you ever improve it?

  • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

    Sister location was well recieved, so that makess no sense, and that's the same shit he said for FNAF World nefore adding the Sister Location promo. Not to mention, if he was serious, his websites (scottgames.com and fnafworld.com) wouldn't still have images...he doesn't leave those up.

  • Son Güy

    This is so sad

  • DeviousPrime

    Perhaps he should make a game that pleases himself instead of trying to please everyone else. When you stoop to pleasing your fanbase you're no longer an artist, you're a sellout.

  • SomeoneYouDontKnowAtAll

    </3 NUU, I see his point but i was looking forward to this :'<

  • NiggerFaggot

    Good.