God of War: Ascension Had A Development Budget of $50 Million

GC - "Sony has spent a lot of money on God of War: Ascension. How much? $50 million apparently."

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Abash2067d ago

As much as I loved God of War: Ascension, it seemed like God of War III had a bigger budget. Especially considering that GoW3 had to be built from the ground up for PS3 and they were able to use it's resources when creating Ascension

NastyLeftHook02067d ago

god of war 3's budget was 44 million.

AngelicIceDiamond2067d ago

Yeah but I think Sony did a bigger budget with Ascension.

But after all those commercials and marketing campaign's it only managed to hit 360K. But then again, the game is still selling.

coolbeans2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

It's funny how quick some people can be to use vgchartz's numbers when it's convenient for them.

aCasualGamer2067d ago


So that means that it has already made $59 x 1 000 000 = $59 000 000

Keep in mind that it's not the actual figure after all expenses etc. but it's on it's way to profit. That's good imo. As long as it breaks even i'm happy, it means they didn't loose any money on the franchise.

HBK6192067d ago

Yeah but they're more reliable than the random '360k' that AngelicIceDiamond came up with. Maybe they're talking a specific region or something? Claims on VGCharts are that it's being undertracked as well.

That's not really how it works. It's not the full RRP of the game going to the publisher. You have to take cuts for the retailer, then divvy things up to developer, manufacturer, etc.

Sony would be making around $20-$30 off (being generous - I believe normal 3rd party publishing is $12 per copy - Sony doing it 1st Party means they'll obviously take a bigger cut) each copy sold at full retail price right now.

Tr10wn2067d ago

Thats leaving out what gamestop take from those $59.99, i dont think GoW:A was profitable.

aCasualGamer2067d ago


You are absolutely right, that's why i said "Keep in mind that it's not the actual figure after all expenses etc." The etc, refers to all the cuts from publisher to various studios.

I know Santa Monica Studios hasn't made $59 million but the game itself has. They've probably made 30 percent of that, which is roughly $20 million.

coolbeans2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )


The 360k number is focused on NA and Ascension's first month only. (By a source to have actual reputation)

And why should anyone care about claims by random internet users of it being under-tracked?

yesmynameissumo2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

Oh! Oh! Can I play financial analyst? Can I?

Also - GOW:Ascention was great.

hesido2067d ago

Anyway, the takeaway lesson is GOW Asc did not sell as much as predicted, and it had a big budget. The other GOW (Gears of War) didn't fare too well either. Is there fatigue?

sikbeta2067d ago

SO... can they recover the money for this game, afaik, Aecension isn't selling amazing...

Athonline2067d ago

Don't forgot money coming from DLCs, PS Passes and indirectly: from selling toys, royalties from strategy guides,shops exclusivity in DLCs/ collector's editions and finally PS3 systems sold...

Gaming1012066d ago

Everyone probably demanded more money for the next game, that shoots the cost of development through the roof. Once you resign onto the next contract there's usually a raise if your last game sold by the truck full. Plus the team was probably way larger this time with more networking programmers and testers since this is the first online game in the GoW series.

Marketing with that superbowl commercial wasn't cheap either lol

calis2066d ago

"Anyway, the takeaway lesson is GOW Asc did not sell as much as predicted, and it had a big budget. The other GOW (Gears of War) didn't fare too well either. Is there fatigue?"

They've been out a month, give or take. See how it goes after 6 months or a year.

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house2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

i think switching directors effected the game and not to mention leaving things out that could have made the story better i think the family death scene would have been impacting, the epic moments also slowed down they never matched the start of the game.

with that said i think god of war needs a break i mean there's only so much you can add to kratos story

Yodagamer2067d ago

While that would have added to the story i don't think that would have helped. The best prequels have always explored a character we don't know much about, we knew alot of kratos past already and you really can't top fighting gods like in 3. It was fighting against its own series in alot of ways.

god_o_war2067d ago

I believe each console game had a different director not sure about the psp versions

Arai2067d ago

Kratos: God of the Arena
PS4 exclusive fighting game....believe!

They registered "Kratos" so who knows what spawns from that, it could be something or it could be nothing.

Bought all 4 HD remakes couple days ago, brilliant games to be honest.

Good_Guy_Jamal2067d ago

Wow!! That much?? I apologise for calling it a quick cash grab in that case.

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

What a waste Sony could have used that money to get Ps3 owners some timed GTA5 exclusive content.

/Sarcasm. SARCASM please don't de-bubble me i'm joking >_< lol

Blaze9292067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

Ascension sure as hell didn't feel like a $50 million game. God of War Ascension felt so, pointless to me at the end. Sure it was a prequel but I felt I could've been a-ok, had I totally skipped this game.

The multiplayer is there for those who care I guess but multiplayer was never was brought me interest in the series, it's the story.

Who directed this game? I know about 4 directors for the God of War series which IMO, is already too many directors and directions. Jaffe did it the best. Barlog was nice with GoW2. Stig was alright with GoW3. And even Ru Weerasuriya for Chains of Olympus.

Too many changes in lead.

GraveLord2067d ago

Ascension also had multiplayer so that really added to the costs. It's essentially 2 games in one.

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Pandamobile2067d ago

That most likely included a pretty sizable marketing budget.

admiralvic2067d ago

Without question. Not only was that live action commercial anything but cheap, they aired it during the superbowl (various sources claim a 30 second ad was roughly 3.5 million for the 2012 SB, so this is at least 2%+ of the overall budget.).

smashman982067d ago

Thats true for the televised superbowl but they only aired the commercial for ppl watching online much cheaper than on television

chobit_A5HL3Y2067d ago

that commercial is amazing e.e

FunAndGun2067d ago

Yeah, the commercial only aired for those watching the Superbowl by streaming on the net. The commercial did not air during the televised Superbowl.

RyuCloudStrife2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

The commercial did not air on TV, it aired online, hence it was cheaper than a 3.5 mil T.V airing.

admiralvic2067d ago (Edited 2067d ago )

@ Everyone who replied (minus chobit)

While you're right that it never aired on the TV, I only listed the TV price because it was the only data I could find and you would see that despite that, I only mentioned it being a million dollars.

2% of 50,000,000 is 1,000,000... really basic math.

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FunAndGun2067d ago

I REALLY enjoy Ascensions MP.

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx2067d ago

Then chances are, we've killed each other at least once :b GODdamn addictive!!


Still haven't played it yet. Waiting for it to be around 25$ before I buy it.

vishmarx2067d ago

im still for more info on the tlou demo before i buy this...