Video Games That Are Currently Stuck In Development Hell

There are countless video game titles that get announced but seem to fall into the dark. From little information being unveiled to standstill development, most of these games end up finally getting killed off leaving developers and publishers from putting any more work into the project. Sometimes, these cancelled games morph into a new project where certain elements or storylines are reused.

However, for those few video game titles that were not officially cancelled end up being labeled as vaporware or better known as stuck in development hell. These games may be shelved to work on a different project or they may be tossed around to other developers in hopes that it will finally see a release into the market.

Here are a few video game titles that are still stuck or supposedly in development hell.

Half-Life 3

  • Developer: Valve Corporation
  • Publisher: Valve

The Half-Life series has been iconic for decades since the first title launched in 1998. However, the game series has become rather infamous due to its left off cliffhanger leaving gamers waiting for the third and likely final installment to this franchise.

While not confirmed to be in development, we can’t help but think that Valve is working on a Half-Life 3 while many of us wait for it to finally launch into the market. Over the years, very little information was released regarding the third video game installment leaving some to see this game as vaporware or potentially stuck in development hell. Regardless, the longer the developers wait the more hype is built around the game.


  • Developer: Rockstar North
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games

Rockstar is known for a few different video game franchises, their latest release being Grand Theft Auto V. While most gamers are setting their eyes on the upcoming release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games has another title potentially in the works. Agent was first worked on in 2003 where the game was set to release for the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox.

However, that was scrapped for a new direction in 2007 when it was unveiled that Rockstar Games would be working on a PlayStation 3 exclusive known as Agent. So far, we know that the game takes place during the cold war and will deal around counter-intelligence and espionage.

Unfortunately, over the years, very little information was released to the public. In 2011 Take-Two Interactive confirmed that Agent was still in development over at Rockstar Games and 2013 the trademarks for the game was re-registered.

Officially, the game is not cancelled as of yet and even the Rockstar Games official website has a listing for Agent though it still claims to be a PlayStation 3 title release. With current generation consoles coming towards the end of their life cycle and Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing shortly, this game may not likely launch until next generation consoles if ever.