Video Games That Are Currently Stuck In Development Hell

Note: This article was updated in March of 2019

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.


#9 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.


#8 Agent

  • 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.


#7 WiLD

  • Developer: Wild Sheep Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

It’s anyone’s guess as to if WiLD will actually release into the market. This game has been talked about and shown off since 2014 and now that we’re approaching the end years of the PlayStation 4, there are rumors saying WiLD may be bumped to a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Regardless, this survival action game is still one that gamers can’t wait to get their hands on. Overall, the world procedurally generated while players take the role of a man set in the prehistoric Neolithic period. Within the game, players will have to scavenge for food and items to stay alive, but there is also the added ability to seek out the help of animals within the wild to aid you in your journey.

Again, this game has been around for several years with no real big updates to the development process. Most will even label the game as a title suck in development hell, but so far there is no indication of it being killed off or cancelled. Perhaps this will be the year we’ll finally get new information and a concrete release date.


#6 Deep Down

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

Deep Down is a cooperative dungeon crawler that was first revealed all the way back in 2013. The game was announced to be a game exclusive to the PlayStation 4 set in the future in New York City. Players would have a unique power that would transport them into an ancient civilization just by touching an ancient relic. Likewise, the title was unveiled to be a free-to-play title that PS4 gamers could enjoy together without having to pay a subscription fee, much like other free-to-play titles on the console platform. Since its announcement, we haven’t seen the game or heard about it. Instead, it looks like Capcom has kept up with the trademark for the IP but it’s unknown if the game will ever release or if it will be pushed back to the PlayStation 5 at this point.


#5 Star Citizen

  • Developer: Cloud Imperium Games
  • Publisher: Cloud Imperium Games

Star Citizen began its development process back in 2011 where it grew exponentially after its successful Kickstarter Campaign. The funding helped developer Cloud Imperium Games build up Star Citizen into a more fleshed out space epic. In fact, the development studio managed to raise over $2,000,000 after setting a goal of $500,000.

Within Star Citizen, players will be dropped into a futuristic universe where they can pilot their own ship, seek out resources, craft, explore, and fight other players. Initially, the game was slated to launch in 2014, though there have been a series of setbacks and delays as Cloud Imperium Games continued to add new features.

Though the game is still slated to release fully on the PC platform, there is currently only alpha builds available for players to enjoy with no clear indication as to when the full game will release into the market.


#4 Dead Island 2

  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: Deep Silver

Dead Island first release in 2011 in which players are stranded on an island during a zombie outbreak. Throughout the game, players are tasked with aiding other survivors as they attempt to find a means of escaping the island to safety.

In 2014 during E3 it was unveiled that a sequel would be launching in the near future. From what we know the game would be taking place in California which was fully quarantined due to the spread of a zombie outbreak virus. The game looked to be even more vibrant visually while retaining the same gameplay mechanics and melee focus weapons.

Originally, developers Techland who had worked on Dead Island was set to handle the sequel. However, that fell apart when the developers opted to work on Dying Light thus the Dead Island 2 project was shelved until Yager Development stepped into the production. A few years later the Yager Development studio also dropped the project where currently Sumo Digital is handling Dead Island 2. That’s, of course, the last we heard about the game since 2016 so as it stands now, the game is not cancelled.


#3 Hellraid

  • Developer: Techland
  • Publisher: Techland

Techland, developers behind Dead Island, was working on a new game shortly after production of the zombie melee themed video game. Called Hellraid, the game was originally slated to be a mod for Dead Island where it was later turned into a full video game.

What we know so far about the title is that Hellraid would be a hack-and-slash game where players must fight back a demonic invasion and close the gates to hell. Not only could players go through the game as a single player experience but there would also be support for up to four-player co-op.

Unfortunately, the game was shelved to allow Techland to focus more on a current project that later released called Dying Light. Currently, Hellraid is still on hold while the developers are confirmed to be working on a sequel to Dying Light and its unclear if production will pick back up on Hellraid afterwards.


#2 Cyberpunk 2077

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt

Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG video game that was first brought into production right after the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a game that launched back in 2015. This is a game that is set years into the future where players will witness a city filled with corruption and big businesses in control.

Very few details have emerged for the game though we did get a new trailer during E3 2018. We put Cyberpunk 2077 on the list simply for its long development time but now that CD Projekt Red is fully focusing on the game, we don’t think that this title will remain in development hell very much longer.


#1 Beyond Good and Evil 2

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Beyond Good and Evil launched back in 2003 and since then the fans of the franchise have been waiting on a continuation. In 2007 there were already rumors suggesting that there will be a sequel to the cult following video game with leaked trailers posted online showcasing some footage in 2009.

That was mainly the last we heard of the game for a few more years where new information finally got out from Michael Ancel, the director behind the first game. In 2016 Ancel unveiled new images suggesting that this upcoming sequel would be a prequel to the original game.

Now during the past two E3 expos from 2017 and 2018, we are confirmed to have a prequel in the works for Beyond Good and Evil though a release date has yet to be noted. However, with the most recent talks and E3 reveals, we imagine development for Beyond Good and Evil 2 won’t take very much longer before it finally releases.