If youâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 â€śdevelopment hellâ€ť 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 â€śgoing goldâ€ť 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 Blizzardâ€™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.