Five Nights at Freddy's 4 developer Scott Cawthon has picked up a trick from his animatronic animal monstrosities and shocked us all when we were least expecting it - for Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is out now on Steam where it's going for 5.59 / $7.99.

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But wait, wasn't is supposed to come out 8th August, an announcement Cawthon made early last week? Of course it was, but the developer jumped the gun because it was ready and why wait?

"Okay, so as many of you already know, I'm bad with release dates," Cawthon said in a Steam update. "The game is finished."

He also noted that the full-screen option isn't working for some folks, but he said he'll "have that addressed before the day is over."

While the previous games in the series placed you in the role of a security guard, this latest installment puts you in the booties of a small child whose house has been invaded by the animatronic abominations of the series' past.

"You have only a flashlight to protect yourself. It will scare away things that may be creeping at the far end of the hallways, but be careful, and listen. If something has crept too close, then shining lights in its eyes will be your end," Cawthon teased on the Five Nights 4 main page.

The Five Nights 4 Steam page noted that this is the "last chapter of the Five Nights at Freddy's original story," but who knows. Maybe we'll get a Five Nights at Freddy's: The Next Generation?

If nothing else, Warner Bros. has a film adaptation in the works.

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