5. Kingdom Hearts III
While Kingdom Hearts III has never had an actual release late to be delayed from, it has been a disappointment to fans of the series in many other ways. Since the 2006 release of Kingdom Hearts II, we have had five handheld spin-offs released and 2 HD collections with a third one coming (which was also just delayed into 2017) that houses a new game starring one of the heroes from Birth by Sleep. This series has been plagued with so many side stories that fans have almost lost hope in ever actually seeing the release of Kingdom Hearts III. We have seen trailers, glimpses of gameplay, concept art and interviews with development team but still no date has been given for the official sequel to the main series in 10 years. Perhaps with the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XV developed by a majority of the Kingdom Hearts team, we will get a definitive answer soon.
4. Final Fantasy XV
Originally titled Final Fantasy XIII Versus all the way back in 2006 when development began, Final Fantasy XV has faced a long path of delays and development. Perhaps the delay that stung the most was the most recent and hopefully final one where the game was delayed from September 29th, 2016 to November 30th, 2016. This delay was punctuated by the hour long Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event that had a main purpose of revealing the initial launch date. As September approached, Square Enix decided to delay the game two months to allow the team to further polish and refine the game to avoid having a day one patch for the eagerly awaited continuation of the long running, Final Fantasy series. We did get a chance to play the further polished version at PAX West and the game is looking to be a great entry for the series but all will be certain on November 30th.
3. The Last Guardian
Through Fumito Ueda is where the vision for The Last Guardian began. It shares a similar look and gameplay to the beloved Ico and Shadow of the Colossus games. The game has been in development since 2007. Over the coming 9 years the game has been in a development hell. After the 2013 delay there were members of the development team that decided to leave Sony. Including Fumito Ueda who went on the start a studio with others, genStudios. They would still continue work on The Last Guardian through contracts. A light at the tunnel was in sight when a release date was made for October 25, 2016. But there would be one last delay, we hope. And it will be coming now in December 2016.
2. Duke Nukem Forever
Duke Nukem Forever was originally announced in 1997 and released in 2011. There are thee reasons this game ended up so high on this list. One, fourteen years is an unacceptable length of time for any game to be in development. Two, the game that emerged from development hell was just plain bad. And third, the delay ruined Duke Nukem as a character. Other pop culture characters from the 1990s, like Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft, or Marvel Comic’s Cable are still around and doing fine because the way they have been written has either changed gradually over time or been totally rebooted. The incredibly long delay of Duke Nukem Forever effectively froze Duke’s character in stasis, so much so that its hard to imagine a way for him to ever be interesting again.