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Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror video game in which the player must survive five nights working as a security guard working at the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza restaurant, avoiding being dismembered by the animatronic animals wandering the establishment.
The player sits in an office and monitors security cameras positioned throughout the restaurant to observe the animatronic mascots. The player has a limited amount of power to view camera feeds, light hallways and close the doors next to him. To advance to the next night, the player must survive from 12:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. The four animatronic characters that must be avoided are Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie Bunny, Chica the Duck and Foxy the Pirate. Foxy the Pirate is unique in that he will remain at the pirate cove unless triggered, causing him to rush the security office (shown below).
On June 13th, 2014, Five Nights at Freddy’s was submitted to the Steam Greenlight. On July 14th, a trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s was uploaded to YouTube (shown below).
On July 24th, a demo of the game was released on the indie games website IndieDB by user animdude. On August 9th, the full game was released on the gaming website Desura, and was released on Steam on August 18th.
On August 14th, 2014, the Five Nights at Freddy’s Wiki was launched. The same day, a thread containing gameplay footage, animated GIFs and fan art was submitted to the Facepunch Forums. On the following day, a thread about the game was submitted to the /vg/ (video games) board on 4chan.
Many notable YouTubers known for producing “Let’s Play” videos have uploaded footage of themselves playing Five Nights at Freddy’s.