15 Games That Were In Development Hell But Somehow Managed To Release

These games went through hell and back to reach the finish line. It was (mostly) worth it.

Posted By | On 29th, Jan. 2018

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Game development isn’t easy. There are endless problems that crop up, numerous goals to be met and the mandate to make a profit at the end of the day. Sometimes, developing a game can take a lot longer than anyone realizes from a few years to over a decade. While some games emerged in an amazing state, others didn’t quite survive the development hell that preceded them. Let’s take a look at 15 such games here.

Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem Forever was in the works since 1996. 3D Realms would infamously throw the “when it’s done” line while hopping from one engine to the next. After a conflict with publisher Take Two Interactive, 3D Realms eventually went bankrupt. The project didn’t die – it’s rights were eventually acquired by Gearbox Software and Duke Nukem Forever released in 2011. Surprise, surprise but it was mostly mediocre. And don’t worry – this isn’t the last time we’ll mention the Borderlands developer.


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