The recent announcement of Chuck E. Cheese filing for bankruptcy has triggered Five Nights at Freddy’s fans that the game’s stories might be coming to life.
Indeed enough, the stories inside the Five Night at Freddy’s (FNaF) game series are quite the horror thrill. However, fans may have taken the stories to real, following the closure of Chuck E. Cheese.
The kid-centric restaurant and entertainment chain has a very notable building structure, just like McDonald’s and other food chains in America. However, the Chuck E. Cheese signature structure strongly resembles that of Freddy Fazbear’s mascot from FNaF.
The FNaF-Chuck E. Cheese stories trend
For those who are not aware, CEC Entertainment, Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means, all 34 Chuck E. Cheese locations are shutting down.
Now, the wild speculations emerged after the closure announcement, as alleged news suddenly sprung online causing chaos. First, there was the news about five children going missing inside the said establishment.
Then, there was the story of a security guard getting into an accident, per Comicbook. This is likely the story of a “post-hour worker” dying at age 27.
Lastly, was the alleged “strange movement from animatronics,” happening within the Chuck E. Cheese establishment as narrated by night shift employees.
All the spooky tales seemed like it came directly from the FNaF storyboard. Fans took the news to be real, ergo, believing that Five Nights at Freddy’s is based on a real-life horror story.
OK… Can we accept FNAF IS REAL now?! pic.twitter.com/4wJRlp1ZTK
— mEmE Officer (@Razzbowski) June 28, 2020
Nothing but fake headlines
The stories seemed very convincing, most especially when they came from supposed screenshots of news headlines rooting from known news outlets such as USA Today, Associated Press, and The Mercury News.
Unfortunately for the hopefuls, the said headline screenshots spreading online are fake. HITC confirms that all three stories circulating online are not true at all.
GameRant also promotes the stories to be all hoax. Further noting that none of them were actually published by the aforementioned media outlets.
As much as other followers of the thrilling horror game series would like to believe all of these to be true, it is not the case, however. It looks like it was just the work of a dedicated Five Nights at Freddy’s fan.
Nevertheless, an FNaF animated movie is already on the way. Jason Blum of Blumhouse confirmed that the animated film is in rapid development, so that is something to look forward to, an alternative to the real-life horror tales that may spark mass hysteria instead.
Featured image courtesy of FNAF AR/Twitter