Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date window, trailers, and story

The next installment of the creepy indie horror game is going to be with us sooner rather than later, but when is the Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date?

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What is the Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date? Chapter 2: Fly in a Web was the last instalment of Poppy Playtime, and left us both relieved to have avoided Mommy Long Legs and excited for what might come next.

The Poppy Playtime games are an interesting mix of horror micro-scenarios, with the overall narrative being punctuated by several terrifying mini-games. The second chapter of Poppy Playtime tasked the player with a few rounds of whack-a-mole, red light green light, and a really twisted game of Simon Says. What will the next chapter of the indie game involve, and more importantly, what is the Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date?

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Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date window

The Poppy Playtime Chapter 3: Deep Sleep release date is set for December 2023. Mob Entertainment announced the release date window alongside the pre-order on November 1. There is still no exact release date yet.

MOB Games released the first two chapters of the game just seven months apart. Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 was released in October 2021 and Chapter 2 was released in May 2022. This was then followed by Project: Playtime, a free co-op game, seven months later in December 2022.

With the development team’s loyalties split across two games, the wait time between chapters two and three has been far longer, exceeding a year, but luckily there’s not much longer to wait until we step into Playcare.

The Playcare sign as seen at the end of Poppy Playtime chapter 2, the location of chapter 3.

Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 story

In the final scene of Poppy Playtime Chapter 2: Fly in a Web, you find yourself aboard a train with Poppy as it derails, ultimately crashing into a building. The last thing you see before unconsciousness takes you is a sign for ‘Playcare’. In the first teaser trailer, Elliot Ludwig himself confirms the Playcare location, stating that it is a refuge for children. It looks clear that the third chapter of Poppy Playtime will take place inside this refuge.

Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 trailers

MOB Games released the first teaser trailer for the game in August 2022, which you can watch below, and followed up with a second in July 2023, which is higher up the page.

As you can see, we’re teed up for a pretty spooky storyline, which looks to be set mainly within Playcare. Based on the gas mask alone and creepy new monsters, we think Chapter 3 might be the most disturbing entry to the series yet – especially since the latest threat seems to have even taken Huggy Wuggy himself out.


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The second trailer shows Playcare in a bit more detail, which reminds us somewhat of the spooky orphanage in The Outlast Trials. We’re pretty terrified to be left alone in the dark and gloomy daycare, but at least we’ll have Poppy to keep us company… We might be grateful for her when that creepy Smiling Critters make their debut appearance.

These new monsters, I mean, toys, are now known to be the Smiling Critters, and each has been introduced to use on Twitter/X. These cute, scented plushies, like Mommy Long-Legs and Huggy Wuggy before them, seem to have altered by whatever’s going on in Playcare.

Now you know that Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 will be released this year, it could be the perfect time to revisit the previous games and get back up to speed with the unnatural goings on. If you’re after something else to play in the meantime, we have the best PC games here, and the best horror games if you’re looking for something else to keep you awake at night.