Vaporware: 5 Video Games That Should Be Released By Now (But May Never Be)

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Most high-budget video games take around three to four years of development time to complete. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, for example, took at least three years to develop--from the moment the game began as an idea to the release date. However, there are some games that have been in production for a lot longer than usual. Called vaporware, these games have been in development for so long that it is believed by gamers that they will never see the light of day.

With the recent release of Duke Nukem Forever, a game that took 14 years to develop, games that were once believed to be considered vaporware have been resurfaced. The following are possible vaporware games that should be either be released by now on the current generation of consoles, or can possibly never be out.

StarCraft Ghost
(Years in Development: At least 9)
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Announced in 2002, this sci-fi stealth/action game is a spin-off of the StarCraft series and was originally set to be released for the XBox, GameCube, and PS2. Blizzard cancelled plans for the GameCube release in 2005, and eventually put the game on indefinite hold in 2006. Blizzard has announced that a release on the latest generation of consoles is a possibility, but considering that the XBOX 360 and PS3 is starting to reach the end of their lifespans and there hasn't been a single a peep about StarCraft Ghost in years, it's safe to assume that this game is probably never going to be released.


Final Fantasy Versus XIII (Years in Development: At least 5)
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FF Versus XIII is an action-RPG that takes place in the same universe as Final Fantasy XIII, even though it's completely unrelated to the game's story. Been in development since 2006, the game has suffered through multiple delays, and was even put on hold in 2008 so that Square-Enix can concentrate development on the main title, Final Fantasy XIII. A new trailer featuring gameplay footage was shown in 2009 during Japan's Jump Festa, but no new information of the game has been released since. Director Tetsuya Nomura has stated that the game will unlikely be released in 2011, and that the earliest we'll ever hear anything new from the game will be during the 2011 Electronics Entertainment Expo. However, the game was nowhere in sight during the show.


Beyond Good and Evil 2 (Years in Development: At least 3)
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Unveiled at Ubidays on May 28, 2008, very little information regarding BG&E2 has been released since it was first announced to the public. The developmental process has been so quiet, in fact, that many people believe that the game could have been secretly cancelled or will eventually reach vaporware status. Due to the small team size of the game's developers (in order to keep the artistic spirit), the game's development will take "some time," and players are encouraged to be patient, as stated by the game's creator and director, Michel Ancel.


Half Life 2: Episode 3
(Years in Development: At least 5)
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Developer Valve has been pretty famous for its delays, and considering how long it's taking for Half Life 2: Episode 3 to be released, this may be their biggest delay yet. Announced in 2006 that the game is scheduled for release during Holiday 2007, the game has been in development for at least 5 years. Other than a bunch of teaser images released in various games over the years, very little information of the game has been released to the public.


Shenmue III (Years in Development: At least 6)
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You don't make a game that ends with "to be continued" without the intent to make a sequel for the game. The Shenmue series was planned for 16 chapters, 6 of which were presented in Shenmue I and Shenmue II. However, many unconfirmed reasons for the game's current vaporware status include budget issues, poor sales of Shenmue II, and creative differences between director Yu Suzuki and publisher Sega. The entire story of the Shenmue saga has already been written, but the final chapters of the game was never finished. Numerous fan-made online petitions were created for the completion of the Shenmue saga, including a high-profile petition by videoGaiden.

According to Japanese magazine Famitsu, Shenmue III is voted as the second most wanted video-game sequel.



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Hattori Hanzo
Hattori Hanzo

This is bullshit. shenmue 3 will never be existed. :(

gametruthordare
gametruthordare

I do not think that the writer knows how many years the game Shenmue 3 has been developed. It should be a "trend that began," not "years of development." I really do not think they are working on Starcraft Ghost for 9 years.erotic game

Noah Hopson-Walker
Noah Hopson-Walker

Of all of these, BGE2 is the only one that seems to actually be in development right now, making it the only one that's likely to come out.  3 years of actual development?  Probably not, but even if it has that's not a lot of time compared to some games.

Bayer Miney
Bayer Miney

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cuthbert51
cuthbert51

You forgot that the negative effect of vaporware titles is when they do eventually come out, (often) they are NukemWare... A game that took forever to come out and wasn't worth the wait. Gran Turismo 5 falls into this category as well.

Ducce
Ducce

Sim City 5?? Who cares about a FF game, theres like a thousand of them

Hsuuw
Hsuuw

Sim City has no story man.

deCarvalhoVitor
deCarvalhoVitor

"considering how long it's taking for Half Life 2: Episode 3 to be released, this may be their biggest delay yet. "Team Fortress2 -> Announced to be released around 1998...released in 2007.http://developer.valvesoftware...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Episode 3 is FAR from being Valve's biggest delay...next time try researching. ;)

cuthbert51
cuthbert51

Nothing wrong with the statement they made, at this time.

Notice the words "may be."

Half Life 2: Episode 3 is not out yet, so yes, ultimately in the end it MAY BE the biggest delay yet, in the history of Valve.

True, your point is probably right, when taken in the context that ocweekly.com meant it to be intended, this doesn't make their statement wrong. Just could have probably been worded better.

Stevebunyun
Stevebunyun

Yeah, then again Valve switched to episodic releases for Half Life so there wouldn't be long development times in between releases.

ghost
ghost

starcraft ghost has been canceled for a while now just thought the author would like know that

dizzle
dizzle

There WAS more info on FFVXIII that was at a SquareEnix convention or something, along with FFXIII-2 and some other things.

Sadly, SE hasn't even started on KHIII yet : ((((((((

Pekka
Pekka

A new trailer and details for Versus XIII were released in January of 2011...

SQkidish
SQkidish

OMG shenmue 3 is a serious game how vein to create the worlds most expensive video game and not follow through with it , a real waste of imagination if you ask me

Cecer1
Cecer1

Shenmue II ended with worse than "To be continued"... it ended with "The story goes on"...The reason that is worse is it implies that has already been continued... which it has.

Oh and the line at the end of Kowloon... "We'll see him again".

Jay-cl
Jay-cl

one game that can follow these foot steps is metal gear solid: rising the game was announced in 2009 e3 and it was scheduled to release the following year but it been delayed and now there is no release date as of now rumors says that it may be released early 2012 so as of now we don't know if the game will come out at least that i know of :/ 

Dark
Dark

Fatal Frame IV.  It's done already, and has been already released in Japan, AND it's the product of Suda 51, who is super popular in NA.

Strikerinthesky
Strikerinthesky

...Diablo III ??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Blizzcon
Blizzcon

Diablo 3 is not going to be vaporware. lol noob

Rob
Rob

Is Diablo III known?Is Diablo III out?

If the answer to the first is yes and to the second is no, then it's vaporware.

Is it going to stay vaporware? Unlikely. But it sure as hell is as of now.

OutHere
OutHere

By your definition, Madden 12 is vaporware.  

TheMan
TheMan

How the hell did Star Wars The Old Republic not make this list?

silver_arrow
silver_arrow

Have you heard anything from the games on this list in years ? No well you got a new ToR trailer last month

Pekka
Pekka

Because it's being released soon xD?

Tommy
Tommy

I don't think the author knows how many years a game like Shenmue 3 has been in development. Should be "development started", not "years in development". I really don't think they've been working on Starcraft Ghost for 9 years.

Arxae
Arxae

Ghost is not in development for 9 years. It's been reported that its canceled since 2005Last thing i heard (was this year) development on Shenmue 3 hasn't even begun yet.

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