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"Five Nights at Freddy's: Survival Crew" is an upcoming Roblox game made in direct collaboration with Scott Cawthon, himself a fan of Roblox and playing it regularly with his children. However, due to miscommunication between Scott and the game's developer, Metaverse Team Frights, regarding one of the game's skins, a beta version of the game was accidentally released on December 20, 2023. The game was set to private two hours afterwards.
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Attachment Throughout October 2023, children's entertainment restaurant Chuck E. Cheese held a promotion titled "Five Nights of Fun", coinciding with the release of a movie based on Five Nights at Freddy's, a horror game franchise inspired by Chuck E. Cheese and littered with references to the company's history. The marketing for FNOF directly pastiches the poster for the FNAF movie and refers to the purple-furred character Mr. Munch as a "purple guy", referencing the overarching villain of the game series.

Despite the obvious parody, an alleged internal document was posted online by a former employee, who had left Chuck E. Cheese days prior to the promotion coming under scrutiny, informing employees that they should feign ignorance of FNAF during the promotion if asked by children or their parents. One example of terminology provided is:

Oh, is there a movie coming out...? That's news to me! We're celebrating Five Nights of Fun in a row this October!

Yeah, they wanted to combat that idea of that people think that we are like that place they have in the movie... so they did this
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month October 10, 2023
Attachment Ever since the first game in 2014, fans have debated about the color of Bonnie the Rabbit and Withered Bonnie, as they looked blue in some shots and purple in others. In some games, they were blue, others purple, and sometimes even one of them was blue and the other purple. The merchandise for the rabbits also strengthened the belief in him being purple, with very few pieces of merch being blue. 9 years later, the November 2023 issue of SFX magazine released with a segment about Blumhouse's "Five Nights at Freddy's" film with an interview with lead designer Robert Bennett about making the animatronics. When talking about Bonnie, he confirmed once and for all that he is blue, stating:

"Same as Chica, we had to figure out what the textures and the colors were. Bonnie's interesting, because in all of the media that I was looking at when I was researching it, he's purple. When I did the original designs, I made Bonnie purple. Well, I didn't realize that Bonnie is blue. It had something to do with the lighting in the first game. When you look at the plushies, and all the toys, Bonnie's usually purple. But Scott [Cawthon] was the one that was like, "No, he's blue." So that was a lot of back and forth to get that nailed down correctly."
Although the 2023 "Five Nights at Freddy's" film is primarily a retelling of the first game, its climax incorporates a secret mini-game cutscene from Five Nights at Freddy's 3 where Spoiler:William Afton is trapped in his "Golden Bonnie" spring lock suit.
The character of Vanessa in the 2023 "Five Nights at Freddy's" film appears to be a composite character with elements of Vanessa the security guard from Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach (with both the name and occupation as an officer), and Spoiler:William Afton's daughter from the games named Elizabeth (as it is revealed in the film that Vanessa is Spoiler:William's daughter).
Throughout the 2023 "Five Nights at Freddy's" film, the character Spoiler:Steve Raglan gives Mike Schmidt advice over the phone about how to look after Freddy Fazbear's Pizza for the night shift, essentially making him the Phone Guy. It's revealed late in the film that Spoiler:Steve Raglan was an alias for the murderer William Afton. His role could be seen as a reference to early theories in the franchise's community where Phone Guy was thought to be the murderer long before Afton was given a name and was only known as the "Purple Guy".
Attachment The opening title sequence for the 2023 "Five Nights at Freddy's" film is shown in the same pixelated art style that has been used for the mini-games in the series since Five Nights at Freddy's 2, although they most closely resemble the mini-games from Five Nights at Freddy's 4.
Matthew Patrick (or "MatPat"), a YouTuber known for making a multitude of Five Nights at Freddy's analysis videos throughout the series' history for his series "Game Theory", makes a cameo as a waiter in the 2023 "Five Nights at Freddy's" film. The coffee shop that he works at is named Sparky's (a nod to Sparky the Dog, one of the series' earliest fan-made hoaxes). MatPat's character's name as seen on his name tag is Ness, which, according to series creator Scott Cawthon, is a reference to a 2016 Game Theory video where MatPat theorized that Sans from Undertale was Ness from EarthBound. MatPat's final line in his scene is "but that's just a theory", a portion of his catchphrase used in the majority of his videos.

A pinned comment left by Cawthon on a "Film Theory" video where MatPat goes into further detail on his cameo in the film claimed that the packed theater Cawthon watched the film in "ERUPTED in cheers" when MatPat appeared.
person NintendOtaku calendar_month October 29, 2023
Five Nights at Freddy's MatPat cameo scene:

MatPat Film Theory video going into detail about his cameo in the film:

Game Theory "Sans Is Ness" video:

Article about Sparky the Dog:
The longest worked-on project in the FNaF franchise is the 2023 movie, having been in production since the first publicly known date of April 2015, seen in an article by Polygon. Since then, the movie went through 9 scrapped scripts, a producer leaving, and several delays in production. The CEO of Blumhouse, Jason Blum, talked about his attempts to get the movie off the ground and his experience working with Scott Cawthon in an interview with IGN saying:

"Everyone said we could never get the movie done, including, by the way, internally in my company. I was made fun of for pursuing this, this thing that could never happen, and that always lights a fire under me to say, 'I bet I can do this'. […] I've grown to know Scott very well over that time, and I've become very fond of him. I think he's a really, really special person, a really creative person, probably more creative than he even gives himself credit for in some ways, I would say. And we had to find a structure that would work for us to make this movie together."
person Violett calendar_month September 18, 2023
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Attachment The character "El Chip" is an animatronic version of one of Scott Cawthon's older characters Chipper from Chipper & Sons Lumber Co.. In an interview with YouTuber Dawko, Scott was asked "Will Chipper ever return like he said he would?" and Scott answered:

"Hey, Chipper is- listen, all of these games are haunted by different spirits, right? The real spirit haunting this whole franchise is Chipper. Chipper is haunting the whole franchise. I mean, I received a box of merchandise the other day, you know, like manufacturer sampled and there's a plush toy of Chipper well, El Chip, you know but I held that plush toy and I was looking at El Chip I was thinking to myself, you know, you got merch, you got merch Chipper. You were an abysmal failure, but you found your way in this market with that goofy grin on your face."
A recurring sound effect gag appearing throughout the series, by bonking Freddy's nose, it will honk.
Attachment On February 15th, 2015, Scott Cawthon, Five night's at Freddy's developer, stated on his Steam Greenlight page that he was hacked and that Five Nights at Freddy's 3 was cancelled. He said that someone had released the game for free and provided a link to the game. However, the game is a version of one of Scott's older games, 'There is No Pause Button,' with Freddy's face pasted on the protagonist while the Troll Song Plays in the background.
Attachment Scott Cawthon has stated that he got the idea for the game after releasing an unnamed game in which the player is a Beaver which was critically panned by reviewers. A recurring comments was that the beavers in the game looked like "scary animatronic animals".