Whatever game you’re desperately looking forward to at the moment, at least it isn’t taking as long to make as Beyond Good & Evil 2.
The recent delay of Skull And Bones means it’s now five years since the game was first announced and it’s still not out, but that’s nothing compared to how long some games have taken to release, including other Ubisoft games.
Previously, the longest wait between a game being first announced and it actually being released was Duke Nukem Forever, which was unveiled in 1997 and launched in 2011.
That process took 5,156 days but Ubisoft’s Beyond Good And Evil 2, which was first announced in 2008, has now blown past that total and yet there’s still no sign of if and when it might come out.
Many fans have assumed it must’ve been quietly cancelled but Ubisoft has insisted it hasn’t been, despite unofficial reports claiming that, since series creator Michel Ancel left the project, it ‘lacks direction’.
It’s still unclear what exactly the game even is, as while the first trailer, and subsequently leaked footage, suggested a fairly traditional follow-up to the 2003 original, everything that’s been shown since looks more like No Man’s Sky, except with more combat and swearing monkeys.
The project clearly had a major change of direction sometime in the last 14 years, since the debut of its initial trailer and before the obnoxious 2017 trailer that didn’t seem to have any clear connection to the previous game.
The record was noted by GamesIndustry journo Brendan Sinclair on Twitter but another contender for the crown of most delayed game is Metroid Dread, but while that has been rumoured since 2005 it was technically never announced until shortly before its release.
Metroid Prime 4 is definitely getting there though, as it was announced in 2017 but then restarted from scratch in 2019 and is still unlikely to be released for several years.
There’s also Star Citizen, which was officially announced in 2012 but has never had a definitive release date. Parts of it have been playable for years already though, so it’s arguably already out.
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