Anybody who keeps up with the Five Nighys at Freddy's fandom will probably know by now that there is a lot of evidence to suggest that the sequel may in fact be a PREquel, why? There are a number of factors that make this seem true:
1: The Phone Guy.
The biggest thing that has the fans buzzing is the phone guy, you know the guy who gives you the subtile tips on how to get through the first game but died on Night 4? Well in FNAF2 he seems to have risen from the grave to help you again, most will argue that the reason they sound the same is due to the fact that Scott (the game creator) voices the Phone Guy in both games, but when we examine the dialogue a bit:
Oh, hey, before I go, uh, I wanted to ease your mind about any rumors you might have heard lately. You know how these local stories come and go and seldom mean anything. I can personally assure you that, whatever is going on out there, and however tragic it may be, has nothing to do with our establishment. It's just all rumor and speculation... People trying to make a buck. You know.
Ok, so uh, just to update you, there's been somewhat of an uh, investigation going on. Uh, we may end up having to close for a few days... I don't know. I want to emphasize though that it's really just a precaution. Fazbear Entertainment denies any wrongdoing. These things happen sometimes. It'll all get sorted out in a few days. Just keep an eye on things and I'll keep you posted.
Just as a side note though, try to avoid eye contact with any if the animatronics if you can. Someone may have tampered with their facial recognition - we're not sure. But the characters have been acting very unusual, almost aggressive towards the staff. They interact with the kids just fine, but when they encounter an adult, they just...stare.Hello? Hey, good job, night 5! Um hey, keep a close eye on things tonight, ok? Um, from what I understand, the building is on lockdown, uh, no one is allowed in or out, y'know, especially concerning any...previous employees. Um, when we get it all sorted out, we may move you to the day shift, a position just became...available. Uh, we don't have a replacement for your shift yet, but we're working on it. We're going to try to contact the original restaurant owner. Uh, I think the original place was "Fredbears Family Diner" or something like that.
Hello? Hello...uh...what on earth are you doing there, uh didn’t you get the memo, uh, the place is closed down, uh, at least for a while. Someone used one of the suits. We had a spare in the back, a yellow one, the one used in...now none of them are acting right. Listen j-just finish your shift it’s safer than trying to leave in the middle of the night. Uh we have one more event scheduled for tomorrow, a birthday. You’ll be on day shift wear your uniform, stay close to the animatronics, make sure they don’t hurt anyone okay, uh for now just make it through the night, uh when the place eventually opens again I’ll probably take the night shift myself. Okay, good night and good luck.
From listening to this dialogue, taken from the phone messages of the 4th, 5th and 6th nights, he seems to be describing the Missing Children Incident which is one of the leading factors in the shutdown of Freddy's Pizza.
It's also worth noting that in the first night Phone Guy talks about moving stuff over from the "old place" and that the old restaurant had been "left to rot" as well as how customers having a negative impression of the company, assumably he's referring to the old restaurant from FNAF 1 hence the drastic change in the map design, but he mentions later on about the "old place" being "Fredbear's Family Restaurant" which probably isn't the same place as the FNAF1 map as it's blatantly called "Freddy Fazbear's Pizza" in that game.
2: The year the game takes place:When we see the cheque at the end of the 5th Night, the year on the cheque says 1987, for those unfamiliar with FNAF Lore, 1987 is a significant year as another incident known as The Bite of '87 took place where a child was severely injured by one of the animatronicsimg2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20…
Now, here's some facts that contradict the theory:
1: The presence of the old animatronics:
The original five animatronics all appear in FNAF2 and they are all in poor state of disrepair and they are used for parts and maintenance in the new animatronics, the fact that they are in such a state can only mean that this game occurs after FNAF 1, because if they were from the "old place" as in Fredbear's Family Restaurant then that would mean the old animatronics were repaired to use for the Freddy's Pizza in FNAF 1, however Phone Guy states that fixing them up wasn't working out, and when you also consider that Phone Guy also stated that the Fredbear's place shut down so many years ago they doubt they can contact the owner now, it's extremely unlikely that Fredbear's was open during a time that an animatronic band was possible assuming that FNAF2 is in fact set in 1987.
2: The behaviour of the animatronics:
If the idea of the game taking place during the time of the Missing Children Incident is to be believed, then the animatronics should not be able to pose a threat, since in the story of FNAF1 is that the pizzeria is haunted by the ghosts of the five children, which is why they attack you, however, at this point in the supposed timeline the children haven't been killed yet, ergo they cannot haunt the animatronics, ergo the animatronics shouldn't have the ability to harm you.
3: The story contradicts itself:
The examples I gave of the story being a prequel don't occur until Night 4, the first half of the game acts like it's a sequel, such as the previously mentioned presence of the original five animatronics along with the new ones, the fact that the new animatronics have "facial recognition technology" and "remote ties to the criminal database" which again shouldn't be possible in 1987. Also during the first night Phone Guy makes a point to inform you how "even though your flashlight can run out of power, the building cannot" which shouldn't be required unless the power issue from FNAF1 hadn't happened in-universe.
4: The title:
The game is called Five Nights at Freddy's 2, emphasis on TWO, a prequel is never called 'two' When the Star Wars prequel trilogy came out, Phantom Menace wasn't called "Episode Four" is was called "Episode One" and to use a more recent example, the new Borderlands game isn't called "Borderlands 3" it's called "Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel" The only thing I can think of that breaks this rule of logic is The Lion King 3, and even then it's called "The Lion King 1 1/2" in some territories.
As for my opinion on wether or not FNAF 2 is a prequel or a sequel, I don't actually have one because there's just so much to take in and the game has only created more questions than it's answered, but I really hope that Scott clears things up soon because at this point we have a repeat of the Legend of Zelda timeline issue on our hands.