Development Hell: Games That Spent Far Too Long in Development

If you’re a gamer, you can appreciate the fact that video games are complex pieces of art that combine storytelling and cutting-edge technology, but that doesn’t make the wait for the next installment of your favorite franchise any less agonizing.

Over the years, fans have been left waiting for games stuck in “development hell” due to everything from creative disputes to tech troubles to financial hardship and some have even taken over a decade to be completed.

Here are 10 games that spent the most time in development before finally “going gold” and being released.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

The original StarCraft was released in 1998 by Blizzard Entertainment and is still a widely played and beloved game even today, which is why its sequel StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was so highly anticipated.

After early delays due to Blizzard’s focus being split on World of Warcraft, work finally began on StarCraft II in 2003, but Blizzard waited to announce the game until 2007. They promised a beta version in 2009, but much to the disappointment of fans this was later pushed back to 2010. After a near seven year wait, StarCraft II was finally released, or a third of it was anyway. Blizzard announced that two of the three single player campaigns would be released later as expansion packs which followed in 2013 and 2015.