Why do developers abandon games?

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Most likely thing:
1. Money
2. Interest in doing it
3. Time it takes
4. Can't think of how to progress it.
5. Legal/Health trouble
 
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There has been a case or two where the dev just disappears. Usually due to health reasons
 
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There has been a case or two where the dev just disappears. Usually due to health reasons
Being a game dev is one of those jobs that has high hospitalization rate better be careful.
 
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Being a game dev is one of those jobs that has high hospitalization rate better be careful.
I know the dev for Lust Man Standing disappeared right as the Rona was in full swing
 

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Major reasons range from lack of money, interest, or something personal forced them to quit.
 

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Probably because of the money, there are cases where they extend the updates as long as they can to get more money, uploading very little content and then they disappear. I think some developers of more obscure games, have some legal problems and leave them. It could also be due to the pressure or dismay of continuing to develop the game for so long, meeting people's demands or worrying about meeting expectations.
 

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As a creative myself I can assure you that 80% of dropped projects is just to make the headaches stop.
 
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Lack of time, lack of income, lack of inspiration. Developing a game takes a fair amount of time even if the result seems basic so if somebody is doing it on their free time they might not be able to keep up with the development and if they're doing it as their main job if they simply aren't making enough they're going to abandon the game and look for something else so they can continue y'know living. Pirate sites like these don't help feed their families after all. Hitting a creative block especially if it's just a side project is a good reason to abandon a game as well.
 
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Could also be the IRL job not letting the dev have any free time...
Or they got arrested, tried, convicted and executed. Sometimes the world may never know.
 
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Being a game dev is one of those jobs that has high hospitalization rate better be careful.

Even in the major AAA space up in edmontion bioware devs were leaving in the ambo or just walked out do too health issues.

There is no respect to those in the trenches of any development.
 

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Very often - the game does not bring income adequate to the efforts spent on its creation.
There were cases when the developer simply did not know how to continue the story and/or finish the overall storyline (writer's block). I'm not familiar with this game, but I read somewhere that the creator of Dark Magic simply "burned out" creatively and lost interest in further work on the project.
Finally, rarely, but there were also such cases - the developer either fell seriously ill (as in the case of The Intoxicating Flavor) or died (as happened with the original developer of Double Homework, the project seems to be completed, but by other people and it is unclear how much the continuation of the story corresponded to the original idea of the author).
Finally, several projects have been abandoned due to disagreements between developers, both financial and creative. The development of Amity Park seems to have stalled because of this.
 
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Burning out, loss of interest, too much work, just wanted to cash out, annoying users. There are a lot of possible reasons why a developer would abandon a project.
 
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