Attachment Scott Cawthon retired from game development in 2021 after it was discovered that he had donated thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ+ Republican political candidates. Cawthon posted a message to his fans on his website stating:

"I've had a blessed, fulfilling, and rich career. I've been shown great kindness and I've tried to show great kindness in return. I've tried to make some good games (let the debate ensue), and I've witnessed the creation of possibly the most creative and talented fanbase on the planet. [...] I realize that I miss a lot of things that I got to focus on before FNaF became such a success. I miss making games for my kids, I miss doing it just for fun, and I miss making RPGs even though I stink at it. All of this to say that I am retiring."

He also stated that he would be choosing someone that he trusts to take over the FNaF franchise. Cawthon later removed this message from his website, has not announced a successor for the franchise, and appears to still have complete control over it. In 2023, Cawthon released the first game since announcing his retirement, Freddy in Space 3: Chica in Space, as a supposed tie-in to the "Five Nights at Freddy's" movie from that year.
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According to an interview with Powerup Gaming, Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon is too afraid to play horror games, stating, "I don't play horror games; I'm too chicken."