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Gaming • May 15, 2019

5 huge sequels that took even longer to make than GTA 6

5 huge sequels that took even longer to make than GTA 6
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The wait for the much anticipated GTA 6 feels like a long one but these huge titles took even longer for a sequel.


Grand Theft Auto 5 was released in 2013 and is still one of the most played and revered games today. This is testament to just how great GTA 5 is.

Even so, gamers are clamoring for the next game, GTA 6. The gap between the two is currently six years which will increase as the new Grand Theft Auto game isn't expected to release until 2020 at the earliest.

The potential gap between GTA 5 and GTA 6 is small in comparison to some other games...


The wait may feel longer than it is too because of the enormity of the GTA series. However, Rockstar's most popular creation isn't the only mammoth title which has made gamers wait for a sequel.

The gaps between these make GTA releases feel fast.


Doom 2 to Doom 3

The iconic Doom series needs little introduction. After dominating the mid 1990s it is considered a pioneer for the first-person shooter genre today.

The original Doom released in 1993 and was quickly followed up by Doom 2 in 1994. It wasn't until 2004 when fans were finally treated to Doom 3 - 10 years.

The wait came in large part due to the reluctance of id Software's owners. They believed their other projects had been using the same formulas and ideas too often and therefore didn't want to do a Doom sequel.

However, after employees gave an ultimatum of less us develop Doom 3 or fire us, the game was agreed to.

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There was a 10 year gap between Doom 2 and Doom 3...

Fallout 2 to Fallout 3

The Fallout series attempts to provide an insight into what a post-apocalyptic world would look like. Bethesda are now synonymous with the series but they didn't develop either Fallout 1 or 2. They bought the intellectual rights to these games before making Fallout 3.

The gap between Fallout 2 and Fallout 3 was also 10 years. While Fallout 2 may look unrecognisable by today's graphical standards, both are considered two of the best RPG games of all time.

Fans were also made to wait a further seven years for Fallout 4.

Fallout 2 and Fallout 3 also had a 10 year gap between them...

Devil May Cry 4 to Devil May Cry 5

Between the years of 2001 and 2008, four Devil May Cry games were made. However, fans of the series would have to wait 11 years before a fifth version of the game was made.

The hack and slash action-adventure game has sold 17 million copies worldwide across all versions.

Devil May Cry 4 and 5 had 11 years between their releases...

Duke Nukem 3D to Duke Nukem Forever

The name Duke Nukem Forever became a meme due to its apt name. Of course fans joke that the "forever" part is in reference to how long it took to release.

Duke Nukem Forever went into development in 1997 but wasn't released until 2011. With Duke Nukem 3D releasing in 1996 the gap between the games is a massive 15 years.

Unfortunately Duke Nukem Forever didn't live up the long overdrawn hype, receiving unanimously bad reviews from various outlets.

That isn't to takeaway from Duke Nukem 3D though, which alongside Doom is considered one of the best FPS games of all time.

3D Realms
The aptly named Duke Nukem Forever and Duke Nukem 3D had 15 years between them...

Shenmue 2 to Shenmue 3

This gap between these last two games is still ongoing. The cult classic Shenmue 2 was released on the Dreamcast all the way back in 2001.

Despite its popularity a sequel has yet to be released. After much demand for a Shenmue 3 game, a kick-starter campaign was created in order to fund it.

More than $6 million was pledged to the kick-starter, with nearly 70,000 backers, the game's development has continually been pushed back.

However, after an initial tentative release date of December 2017, it has now been confirmed Shenmue 3 will release in August 2019. This means the gap between the second and third Shenmue games will be 18 years.

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Shenmue 3 screenshot: This and Shenmue 2 could have an incredible 18 years between them...

GTA 6 might be a long wait but the above releases show it could be a lot worse. Besides, the seven or eight years we have to wait for Grand Theft Auto 6 will likely be worth it.

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