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Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 release date speculation, villain, and more

Poppy Playtime chapter 4 is still some time away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at where the story might go and which toy could be the next villain.

Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 Boxy Boo in front of other versions of him in a dark room

Poppy Playtime Chapter 4. The next installment in the Poppy Playtime franchise can’t come soon enough, especially after the ending of Deep Sleep. Though the game is likely at least a year away, it doesn’t stop us from speculating on what we might see when we return to the factory once more. Sure, the details are scarce, but we have some solid theories to work with following the conclusion of the latest chapter.

To discover more about Poppy Playtime Chapter 3, we suggest you read up on Poppy Playtime’s CatNap, Poppy Playtime’s DogDay, Poppy Playtime’s Kissy Missy, and Poppy Playtime’s Poppy, as they all play a part in the story and are waiting for you in Playcare.

Here’s what we know so far about Poppy Playtime Chapter 4.

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Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 release date speculation

There’s no Poppy Playtime Chapter release date just yet, but considering Deep Sleep released on January 30, 2024, it feels safe to say that we have a long wait until we get a Chapter 4 release window, never mind a solid date. However, we can make an educated guess. A Fly in Web came out on May 5, 2022, meaning there was a 20-month gap between that and the most recent chapter.

Based on that, it’s likely that we’ll get Chapter 4 either in the closing months of 2025 or in the opening months of 2026. Given how much bigger Chapter 3 is than Chapter 2, it’s more likely that the next installment will be in 2026 if the pattern of increasing the size of the chapters continues.

Furthermore, Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 is yet to release on mobile, so it’s likely that the team at Mob Entertainment is working on that version of the game. Considering that Chapter 1: A Tight Squeeze released on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch in December 2023, it wouldn’t surprise us if Mob is working on ports for Fly in a Web and Deep Sleep.

For even further context on the development time with Poppy Playtime, Mob Entertainment confirmed in a response on Twitter (X) that development actually began for Chapter 3 in May 2023, which means it really only took eight months to create the game. So, the time frame for release does likely depend on other possible projects, like the ones mentioned above.

Is there a Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 trailer?

It’s too early for a Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 trailer, but we’ll put our detective hats on as soon as there is one – the Chapter 3 trailers revealed many secrets and hints over the course of several months between the release of each one. In fact, they offer so much material that we were able to deduce some Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 theories from a single trailer. The fact that we even got a couple of things correct makes us quite proud.

Poppy Playtime chapter 4 - CatNap, Mommy Long Legs, and Huggy Wuggy

Who is the villain of Poppy Playtime Chapter 4?

While Poppy Playtime’s Prototype is the most obvious choice for the Chapter 4 villain, we can’t help but think that maybe there’s at least one more toy that’s ready to mess with you. We have some theories on who the villain might be, and the one that we have the most faith in is recognizable to those who enjoy Project Playtime.

Boxy Boo

Poppy Playtime’s Boxy Boo is our main candidate to be the big bad in Poppy Playtime Chapter 4. At this point, we know that the Prototype is the main antagonist of the entire series, but each chapter features a primary toy that wants to kill you. So far, it’s been Huggy Wuggy, Mommy Long Legs, and CatNap. Guess what? They all have something in common with Boxy Boo – they took part in The Hour of Joy.

Though our Poppy Playtime story guide goes into much more detail about it, The Hour of Joy was a massacre in 1995, ten years before you return to the factory. Various toys slaughtered the staff and children. In Poppy’s words, “the guilty and the innocent” were killed. At the conclusion of Deep Sleep, Poppy shows us a video – this clip shows The Hour of Joy taking place, switching between various places in the factory.

We get to see Huggy Wuggy slaughter people in the reception area, Mommy Long Legs let loose on the staff at the Game Station, Poppy Playtime’s Miss Delight chase a man into a room, and CatNap prowl through Playcare. But guess what? We also see Boxy Boo kill some staff members in a hallway, and given he’s the only one not to appear in the main games yet, we think he’s due an appearance in Chapter 4.

Admittedly, Kissy Missy also causes a few casualties, but unlike Boxy Boo, we only see her fling a couple of scientists after she breaks free from her restraints – so it feels safe to assume she only harmed those who deserved it. Plus, the way she tries to help us and Poppy leaves us with the impression that she wants to end the rampage of the murderous toys. Still, we need to look at all the possibilities.

A new toy

While this is admittedly our least favorite possibility, there’s always the chance the big bad of Chapter 4 is a new toy we’re yet to meet. Now, we say least favorite, that’s purely because we really want to see more of Boxy Boo; the character designs are yet to let us down, so should a new toy emerge from the shadows, we have no doubt they’ll be more terrifying than the last.

As for the role that a new villainous toy could play, it’s hard to hazard a guess as we kind of peaked with CatNap worshiping the Prototype and killing heretics. The toy would need to have an evil streak, but every toy that took part in The Hour of Joy is accounted for thanks to the video Poppy shows us, so to us, it seems tricky to introduce a new evil toy in any meaningful way.

Still, we’ll keep our ears to the ground over the coming months, and at the first whiff of a new toy, we’ll be sure to let you know as we dive into the rabbit hole of possibilities.

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Poppy Playtime Chapter 4’s story

We have no idea what the next installment has in store for us, but we think that there are some reasonable assumptions that we can make in regards to what happens after the Chapter 3 credits roll.

Kissy Missy

Again, this section contains spoilers.

At the end of Chapter 3, Kissy Missy helps you and Poppy on your way to the next elevator, but you then hear Kissy screeching in what could be an altercation. We think it’s our pink-furred friend who’s screaming, and all we can do is hope that whatever goes after her is unsuccessful. We’re coming for you, Kissy. Hang in there.

This is perhaps what fully cements our belief that Kissy Missy is one of the few good guys in this hell hole. Truthfully, while it appears as though she’s in grave danger, we don’t think this is the end of Kissy Missy. If we had to guess, we’d say that Chapter 4 becomes a rescue mission during which you need to work closely with Poppy to save her friend.

Our minds immediately go to the Prototype as the one to attack Kissy Missy, but what if it’s Boxy Boo doing the bidding of Experiment 1006, just like CatNap did? Either way, the pink fluff ball is our pal, and we’re not leaving her behind.

The Prototype

We know that the big bad is collecting pieces from the other toys, and after what he did to CatNap, all bets are off. So, while we suspect Boxy Boo of being our enemy, that doesn’t necessarily mean he supports the Prototype. After all, Mommy Long Legs was terrified of him despite all the heinous things she did with Experiment 1006.

Though it’s unlikely that Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 (our money is on at least five chapters) is the last entry in the franchise, we suspect we’ll still learn plenty more about the Prototype. Chapter 3 is a real eye-opener, so we imagine Mob will keep the momentum going in terms of tidbits about Experiment 1006.

Ollie

We know precious little about Poppy Playtime’s Ollie, the kid who helps you through Playcare. Well, we’re assuming he’s a kid from the sound of his voice, but given all the toys killed the children ten years ago, we think there’s a lot more to him than Chapter 3 tells us. He’s clearly a longtime ally of Poppy, as he helps you after Poppy tells him about you.

He knows much about Playcare, and if we’re right about possibly going back up there to save Kissy Missy, Ollie might be on hand to help us once more. No matter what direction Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 goes in, we’re sure it involves Ollie in some way.

There are also a couple of pretty cool possibilities when it comes to Ollie; he might actually be a toy, perhaps Baby Long Legs, or maybe even the Prototype himself. Out of the two, we certainly lean more towards him being a toy, though we can’t deny how sinister it would be if Experiment 1006 had killed the real Ollie and used his voice.

Smiling Critters

Okay, so this one is very out there, but we are so fascinated by the Poppy Playtime Smiling Critters that we want to see more of them. Yes, we know that it’s highly likely that all of the Bigger Buddy variants are dead, likely long before we even arrived for most of them, but we can’t help but hold out hope. The lore surrounding these characters is so fascinating that we’d even settle for little more than a video documentary about them in Chapter 4 – anything, please, Mob Entertainment.

Again, we know that the chances are we’ll never see or hear of this bunch again, but we can dream.

And that concludes our suspicions for Poppy Playtime Chapter 4. Of course, we’ll add and change theories as we get more information. Who knows, another run or two of Deep Sleep might shine a light on things we previously overlooked. If you want to get a better look at those who call the Poppy Playtime factory home, check out our Poppy Playtime characters guide.