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Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted

Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted, alternately known as FNaF VR, is a virtual-reality survival horror game and the seventh Five Nights at Freddy's installment that is published by Steel Wool Studios with Scott Cawthon's help. It was first announced on August 19, 2018.[1] It released on May 28th, 2019 for Playstation VR, Steam, and Oculus Rift, and it is the first game in the series to be officially rated by the ESRB, being T.[2] The Nintendo Switch port was released on May 21st, 2020,[3], the Oculus Quest port was released on July 16th, 2020, [4] and the Xbox One port released on October 29th, 2020.[5]

The physical release for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, published by Maximum Games, was released on December 15, 2020.

Summary

Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted is a virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. FNaF VR: HW is a collection of classic and original mini-games set in the Five Nights universe. Survive terrifying encounters with your favorite killer animatronics in a collection of new and classic FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S™ experiences. “Where fantasy and fun come to life!”

YOU’RE HIRED - Time to get your hands dirty. Repair claustrophobic ventilation systems, troubleshoot broken animatronics that could activate at any moment, or spend your evenings cowering in the nighttime security guard office.

CELEBRATE - Confront your favorite killer animatronics including; Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, Springtrap, The Mangle, Funtime Foxy, and Circus Baby.

FUN FUN PRIZES - Toys, Plushies, Bobbleheads, and candy candy candy! Earn super fun prizes you can play with at the interactive Prize Counter! Collect well hidden Faz-Tokens to unlock even more rare collectibles for more SUPER FUN FUN FUN.

PIZZA PARTY - Scenes from classic titles have been updated and remade for a fully immersive VR experience including; Five Nights at Freddy’s, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, and Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location.

Gameplay

There is a total of 40 playable minigames in the base game with three of them being featured in the demo. After completing the mini-games, players can replay them again in a nightmare mode of some sorts, which cranks up the difficulty and distraction in every game. Upon fully completing the game, players are treated to an end game which expands upon the lore of the games.[6]

Development

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Add-Ons

Curse of Dreadbear

Main article: Curse of Dreadbear
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Curse of Dreadbear is a Halloween-themed DLC for the game. This DLC features 10 new minigames, two brand-new animatronics called Dreadbear and Grim Foxy, and returning nightmare animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy's 4 (excluding Nightmare Mangle and Nightmare).

The DLC was first released early on October 23, 2019 in Australia and was unlocked around the world as the date changed in each country.

Non-VR Mode

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The non-VR mode was announced on December 13, 2019 and released on December 17, 2019. This update includes a flat mode and upgraded graphics, with no virtual-reality sets required. The version also includes some new Easter Eggs and a loading screen.

Reception

 Reviews
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (PC) 81/100[7]

The game was met with positive reviews from critics, holding a score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic.

The game is listed as one of PlayStation's "Favorite Horror Games of 2019".[8] It is ranked on top 5 "VR Games of the Year" by 2019 Steam Awards on December 17, 2019.[9]

Game Modes

Game Modes
Standard Modes
FNAF 1FNAF 2FNAF 3Dark RoomsParts and ServiceVent RepairNight Terrors
Halloween Modes
Curse of DreadbearAfraid of the DarkSpooky MansionDanger! Keep Out!
Other Modes
The Freddy Fazbear Virtual ExperiencePrize CounterTape Room


Trivia

  • On March 11, 2019, a teaser, a portion of the box art for the game, was uploaded on Scott's website. Fans, however, soon realized that half of the animatronics from the teaser art were questionably traced from fan-made renders (noticeably Funtime Foxy and Spring Bonnie). A few hours later, Scott took the teaser down and sent an apology[10] and revealed some gameplay details about Help Wanted.[11]
    • The deleted teaser reveals hidden messages when brightened:

"Don't listen to them."
"We let something inside."
"It was an accident."
"Remember Jeremy."

  • The source code for Scottgames.com had a set of scrambled numbers and letters, which would reveal black and white images of the game. Seven images were found as a result, though one of them remained unrelated to the VR game itself.
  • In the trailer, Nightmare Fredbear had brown fur and a black top hat/bow tie, similar to Nightmare Freddy, rather than the yellow/gold fur and purple top hat/bow tie that he had in all other games, he was also missing his buttons on his stomach. According to Scott, this was because the trailer was made a long time ago, and the models were unfinished at the time, which explains Nightmare Fredbear's off color scheme.
  • This is the first title to be made in a game engine other than Clickteam Fusion 2.5, as Help Wanted is made in Unreal Engine 4.
  • This is the first title to have been developed by another company, rather than by Scott Cawthon.
  • This is the first game in the Five Nights at Freddy's series to be published on a console.
  • Scott Cawthon planned to have a website to advertise the fake company that help create the The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience, Silver Parasol Games, but decided not to do it because he did not what to blur the line between fact and fiction. [12]
    • This was still left in the game in early builds, however, resulting in somebody creating a fan-made website idea that featured a developer named Jeremy. This was debated on until Scott eventually disproved it.
  • This is the first game in the series to have subtitles, and is also the first game to have different language support as well.
  • The name of the game is now titled as simply Five Night's at Freddy's Help Wanted on digital shops due to a virtual reality system no longer being needed to play as of December 2019 with flat mode.
  • The models for the animatronics in the game were given a lower polygon count and less detail due to the games engine, Unreal Engine 4, not being able to render certain elements.
  • This is the first game in the series that Scott Cawthon has collaborated with multiple game developers.
  • This is currently the largest game in the series yet.

References

  1. Upcoming Projects Mega Thread! :: Ultimate Custom Night General Discussions - Scott Cawthon. August 19, 2018. Steam
  2. Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted for PlayStation 4 Reviews - Metacritic
  3. Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted for Nintendo Switch - [1]
  4. Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted for Oculus Quest - [2]
  5. Quests and Switches and XBOXs...-[3]
  6. ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted’ Features More Detailed Frights - [4]
  7. "Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted on Metacritic". metacritic.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2019.
  8. Our Favorite Horror Games of 2019 - PlayStation
  9. "FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S VR: HELP WANTED, from ScottGames & @SteelWoolStudio #SteamAwards2019 Survive terrifying encounters with your favorite killer animatronics in a collection of new and classic FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S™ experiences." - Steam. December 17, 2019. Twitter.
  10. Sorry guys. : fivenightsatfreddys - Scott Cawthon. March 11, 2019. Reddit
  11. Update on the VR situation. : fivenightsatfreddys - Scott Cawthon. March 13, 2019. Reddit
  12. there is a fine line between crafting an in-game story and just outwardly lying about something. I didn’t want to cross that line.
Games
Primary Series
Clickteam
Series
Five Nights at Freddy's234 (Add-on)Sister Location (Add-on)Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria SimulatorUltimate Custom Night
Cooperative
Series
VR: Help Wanted (DLC)AR: Special Delivery (Add-Ons)
Standalone
Series
Spin-Off
Series
FNaF World (Add-on)Freddy in Space 2
Troll
Games
FNaF3FNaF World: Halloween EditionSister Location: MAUltimate Custom Night Demo
Miscellaneous
Platforms
Home ConsolesMobile Ports (FNaF1FNaF2FNaF3FNaF4FNaF: SLFFPSUCNFNaF: HWFW)
Demos
Main Series' DemosFNaF World DEMO
Bundles
The Fazbear Fanverse InitiativeThe Core CollectionFranchise BundlePlayStation 4 Bundles
Upcoming Games
Security BreachInto MadnessAAA Game
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