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GTA V is the Single Most Expensive Video Game in History - Budget is Even More than Hollywood Films

GTA V has the highest budget recorded in history even after adjusting for Inflation. Comparing GTA V to Top Hollywood movies we see that its budgets exceeds even the likes of Avatar. Comparison of Budget between GTA V and other AAA Titles and Hollywood Movies is given. (Grand Theft Auto V, Industry, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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mafiahajeri  +   626d ago
Almost 6 years in the making... 9 days left...
lnvisibleMan  +   626d ago
Has Rockstar released any info on the game's recreational activities. Loved poker in Red dead redemption. hopefully that makes a comeback.
Peppino7  +   626d ago
It also makes a crapload of money so it definitely pays off instead of being a financial bust.
ZodTheRipper  +   626d ago
265 Million ...that is simply insane for a video game. I hope it pays off for Rockstar in the end. People who pirate this should be ashamed of themselves.
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Ezz2013  +   626d ago
wow, that's alot of money for a video game

but all that money is not what makes it good game
i hope it's more like GTA:SA than GTA4
because i didn't like GTA4 at all

really the only game i loved the most from Rockstar this gen was RDR that was incredible game
i might be the only one though who didn't like the rest of their games this gen
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Angeljuice  +   626d ago
Yeah, I loved all the activities in Red Dead.

Lets hope this game doesn't go the way of "John Carter", can't see it happening at all but they're gonna have to sell in unprecedented numbers to get that investment back (they must be slightly nervous).
Hydrolex  +   626d ago
this game is going to sell, they can easily double or triple the money
FamilyGuy  +   625d ago
Let's see, 10 million copies sold at $30 each (We know they don't get the full $60) = $300 million

I'm positive it'll sell more than 10 million copies, probably 10 million on each console PS3 & 360, if not more

Rockstar, that name seems so fitting...
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DoomeDx  +   626d ago
Source. Where did they say it took them 6 years to make this!?
mafiahajeri  +   626d ago
Too bad you can't report my comment for being "fake" eh!?
Lukas_Japonicus  +   626d ago
Dan Houser said they started work on GTA5 as soon as GTA4 was finished.
wannabe gamer  +   626d ago
it doesnt say 6 years, but the article that is the source to this article says 5 years. either way it all seems like there is no real source for any of this info
waltercross  +   625d ago
Just to add to this, GTA IV Made 310M on release day alone! A World record for any Game or Movie.

so I can only assume GTAV Will do better since it has more Advertising. Was watching the GB/SF Football game and there was a GTA V Commercial for the PS3!.
humbleopinion  +   625d ago
I wouldn't bother asking for sources. The "article" author didn't even make the obvious distinction between development budget and marketing budget, while comparing the dev+marketing budget of GTA to development budget alone for other games. Modern Warfare 2 for example already ecplised 250M$ total budget according to similar sources, split 50:200 between dev and marketing respectively.
Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II  +   625d ago
red dead on pc next rockstar plz.
Shadowsteal  +   625d ago
Get a console, pc gamers like you whine so much when it comes to stuff like this.
Panthers  +   625d ago
Whats wrong with wanting an awesome game on your console of choice? Some people really prefer PC.
JetsFool3500  +   625d ago
Nahh id rather have gta 5 being ported to pc & next-gen B4 Red Dead
0ut1awed  +   625d ago
I agree. I want it on my pc but owners of the PS4/X1 should also hope a pc version comes out.

If it does then it is highly likely they will make ps4 and xbox one versions since the architecture is so similar.
Alexious  +   625d ago
Almost there.
Sony360  +   625d ago
Then another week or two until everyone calls it "over rated", and undeserving of any praise it may have gotten.
johndoe11211  +   625d ago
The game looks awesome and I hope it does well but this is the problem with the gaming industry right here. No company should spend this kind of money behind a video game regardless of the title. When companies do this and the game does not recuperate the money it took to make it the public and used game sales get blamed. This is the argument devs and microsoft were using to justify all that DRM bs. Gaming companies must find a way to make quality games without spending this kind of money otherwise we will never see the end of them trying to shove DRM down our throats or trying to get rid of the used game market.
mafiahajeri  +   625d ago
GTA is a exception to the rule, which I agree with btw. GTA is a game that is released every couple of years, almost 6 this time. Look at COD they released like 6 games on different platforms while GTA was being made. The care that is taken into the devolpment justifies the cost of devolpment.

Don't worry GTA will make their money back and then some...
DamntaionEternal  +   626d ago
LOL Grammer Nazi -------------->
mafiahajeri  +   626d ago
Relientk77  +   626d ago
Trenta27  +   626d ago
That made my day. Thank you.
GEO9875  +   625d ago
Look who we have here, mr.funny guy. Yawn..

Oh i can just smell the downvotes....
wenaldy  +   626d ago
Halt, grammer zeit!!!
NeXXXuS  +   625d ago
Oh, the irony.
ZBlacktt  +   626d ago
And it's not even a Next Gen game. They'll make it back easy being a multiplatform and having massive preorders.
mafiahajeri  +   626d ago
Their going to port it though...
SemRex  +   625d ago
Hopefully. But considering how they're treating GTA: Online almost like a separate game, I'm thinking they might let the the single player game stay on current gen and have GTA:O eventually carry over.
cell989  +   625d ago
Plus they have a big install base
Panthers  +   625d ago
This game is going to have legs. They can make a small investment to update it to next gen and boom, another huge amount of sales.

A lot of the people who buy it now will get it again.
wannabe gamer  +   626d ago
ok this is i think the same exact thing that was said about GTA 4 and then completely debunked by rockstar. so yea here we go again
culpepper516  +   626d ago
if this is true they'll clearly bring it to next-gen. so many people would buy the game again. open world games are set to show the most improvement next gen
JewyMcJew  +   626d ago
I certainly hope so! If it goes PC, it goes next-gen. (I think that applies to everything for the next 5 years... wohoo!)
ufo8mycat  +   625d ago
To be honest I wouldn't play it again if it came out on PS4/XBONE

You will be playing the same exact game again - the only difference would be the graphics.

Would still be the same gameplay,city,missions,story etc.

Maybe 2 years down the track, I could play it again.

I replayed GTA4 2 years after completing it the first time.

I think they should wait couple years before releasing GTA 5 for PS4/XBONE. Maybe 'Complete edition' with all the DLC?
KwietStorm  +   625d ago
No, it wouldn't just be the graphics improving, it would be the performance, the draw distance, the loading/startup time, live streaming and gameplay recording, and they possibly even up the player count online. I wouldn't even think twice about buying it again, especially if it gets a upgrade discount. GTA isn't just any game for a lot of people.
vigilante_man  +   625d ago
I agree. It would only be a port.

If they can create GTA V with the small memory footprint of 360/PS3 imagine what they could do with next gen Ram if they started from scratch.

Maps would be bigger, with better detail, with instant loading, with more things going on at the same time.

Someone is going to make an amazingly awesome sandbox game with the next gen technology. I just wonder who?
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JewyMcJew  +   626d ago
I thought Star Wars: The Old Republic tool the crown for most expensive.
SatanSki  +   625d ago
Yeah, analysts estimated developement of SWTOR took $150-200M but there were claims it was $300M. Since author apparently isnt very well informed im sceptical.
Grave  +   626d ago
All that money and still not releasing for pc as the same time as consoles is shameful.
ravinash  +   625d ago
PC would have a big jump in graphix, so if they are porting it to next gen consoles, it will probably come out at the same time as them.
Edi007  +   626d ago
If they dont make a next gen and pc release they will lose on it
fattyuk  +   626d ago
Yeah ok lol
HeyImBen11  +   626d ago
... serious? There are alone in the US avout 3 million PREORDERS and they only need ~4,X million copies to be sold to earn this 265 million.
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OrangePowerz  +   626d ago
That`s not correct if you mean with 4 million Take Two/Rockstar would earn 265 million as they get only a share of the 60 bucks retail price, some of it goes to retailers and some of it goes to the platform holder and the rest to Take Two/Rockstar.
azshorty2003  +   626d ago
False. They don't get 100% of each sale transaction. A percentage goes to the retailer, shipping, packaging, etc.

They'll need closer to 7 million, or maybe even more I think.
Edi007  +   624d ago
yes but 265 take retaileres part and taxes off
I think they mentioned the possibility for next gen release already. You are right about them needing to release on PC and next gen to sell far more copies.
Lukas_Japonicus  +   626d ago
Lol, GTA4 made $500 million in one week sales.

xXxSeTTriPxXx  +   626d ago
Gta5 will make that back in day1 sales lol.

The world would have to explode for this game not to sale anywhere between 8-10mil copies in a couple of hrs after release.

When I check my friends list, if 20 ppl are on I bet you atleast 17 will be playing it.

Gta is a cod type selling game don't know what rock you've been living under.
InTheZoneAC  +   626d ago
what's the difference between gta and cod?

Angeljuice  +   625d ago
The trouble with your comment is that developers only receive about 1/3 of the retail price after paying off all the other involved parties, so 10,000,000 sales wouldn't break even. 15,000,000+ and you're into profit.
SpideySpeakz  +   626d ago
OK mister expert.
waltercross  +   625d ago
They'll get there money back. GTAIV Made 310M on release day alone.
ufo8mycat  +   625d ago

PC won't sell that great for obvious reasons

PS4/XBONE so early would probably sell but not as much as expected, due to the smaller install base compared to PS3/360.

They will make back the $$$$ EASILY with PS3/360 sales

They should wait a couple years before porting it to PS4/XBONE because:

1) They systems will have a larger install base
2) There would be more people willing to play GTA V again after 2 years compared to earlier - since they would have already played/completed GTA V on PS3/360. (Theres no way I would buy GTA V on PS4 in say 6 months, just to play the same game again after I ahve recently completed it)
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TNTgamer  +   626d ago
$170 million for those of you that didn't click through.
HeyImBen11  +   626d ago
Its 265 million, you should click it yourself.
ABeastNamedTariq  +   626d ago
£170M = (approx.) $265M.
TNTgamer  +   626d ago
My bad, Yes I am from the UK
Sony360  +   625d ago

Then why did you use the dollar sign?
Rimeskeem  +   626d ago
dont worry rockstar it was all worth it
asiatico  +   626d ago
60 dollars feels like a steal with this game if you compare it to many other games out.
wannabe gamer  +   626d ago
no its more like the this game feels the way a 60 dollar game should and the rest are overpriced at 60 or even 50
Angerfist  +   626d ago
So true, how often do i think, damn if it was 40 i get it. GTA5 is worth 100
BLAKHOODe  +   626d ago
How much more would it have cost to release it on the PS4/X1?
clouds5  +   626d ago
I dont care. Bring it to PC.

I have to stop myself thinking about how much better this game would be if it could use the power of the PC or at least ps4/xb1. Makes me angry!
Lukas_Japonicus  +   626d ago
Better graphically yeah, but it's still going to be the same great game no matter what platform it's on. If you can't enjoy it because it isn't maxed out on a PC then that's a shame.
wannabe gamer  +   626d ago
mods...that is all
Jovanian  +   625d ago
'it's still going to be the same great game no matter what platform it's on.'

Not true, better controls for PC (mouse for shooting, driving wheel for driving), better graphics for PC, more user control and freedom for PC (independent FM), and endlessly entertaining mods for free

Back when I had console GTA 4 was fun to an extent, but then was boring. Rebought it on PC years later and it was a much better experience, how GTA was meant to be played
clouds5  +   625d ago
I'm not a dev or anything but when you do an open world game that means that you have massive amounts of data that you want to have active because there is so much stuff going on and everything has to be seemless. The ps3/360 are extremely limited especially in the RAM department... They must have used hundreds of tricks to make such a massive world and I'm sure if they had access to 8gb instead of 512mb the game would be much different.

So I was more talking about the POTENTIAL an open world game like GTA could have on the PC or at least PS4/xb1.

It's gonna be a great game but still limited in some areas because of the ram compared to what future open world games will be like on newer system.

That said, GTA IV was a buggy rushed uninspired port for PC. Horrible port! And still it was much better and extremly fun experience on PC because of the modding community. Want to be Iron Man and blow up tanks and choppers in Liberty City? No problem. Go on youtube :) Its amazing what people have done...
So GTA V --> PC go go.

Piracy is an issue on all platforms. But PC sales are still good especially since steam has gotten popular.
InTheZoneAC  +   626d ago
maybe you're mad that the entire pc community can't pirate the game?
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Jovanian  +   625d ago
says the console player whose 'community' downloaded early leaked copies of the game a couple weeks back
Angels3785  +   625d ago
An AUTHORIZED download and the files were dug through....kinda like any game pre loaded on steam....except this version was unplayable so who cares if it was downloaded early....
Are_The_MaDNess  +   625d ago
just to say it. loads of times steam preloads are zipped up in encrypted files. but this choice is the devs choice tho.
RS could have done the same thing with GTA5 on the PS3 aswell. if they really wanted.
Are_The_MaDNess  +   625d ago
would say 60+ FPS is more important than better Graphics. sure they can set in better AA and better AF and longer LODs, but what i really want is a smooth and fast experience. bring it to PC guys!
got my PSN Pre-order ready and my PSN Wallet all filled up for this and i cant wait.
would buy it again on day one for PC even if its coming out on the same day.
cell989  +   625d ago
Good luck dl that massive chunk of data lol, plus the Dlc layer on, I'm going physical media on this one
wannabe gamer  +   626d ago
if you look at the article and the source it cites, it is just another article with no source. so this is an article from a untrusted site using another untrusted site as its source of which has no source
OrangePowerz  +   626d ago
They spelled Gran Turismo wrong :)

I miss Shenmue from the list.
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MightyNo9  +   626d ago
Waste of money.
Mr-SellJack  +   626d ago
This is y it'll suck bad!
Nothing new in the game,everything is done b4 and people will claim it's new
Total waste of money
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BlaqMagiq24  +   625d ago
So you played it already? Care to do a review?
Mr-SellJack  +   625d ago
Please enlighten me and tell what's new?
Only difference is that GTAV does it best untill MGS V. And Final Fantasy release because it has 5 frickin years of development
Sony360  +   625d ago
Again, you must have played it, since you're clearly so informed on what the game is like. So tell us all about it.
GamePeace  +   626d ago
All this Money for a boring, uninspired game like GTA. Glad The Last Guardian, Deep Down ecc. are coming to Ps4... instead of this massoriented game for donkeys...
waltercross  +   625d ago
You must work in Law Enforcement...just Guessing.
---stone---  +   626d ago
$265 million... quick math @ $60 a pop, we're looking at approximately 4.4 / 4.5 million copies of GTA5 sold to break even. Spread that over ps3 and xbox360.

That money is easily made back within a week, most likely in a few days. Wouldn't surprise me at all if 5 million copies were retail store sold(disc) and digital downloads were covered on day one.

tracyllrkn  +   625d ago
The publisher only makes 45% of revenue, so they need to sell 9.5M copies at full retail price to break even.
vigilante_man  +   625d ago
Do not forget that they got money last time for being 360 timed exclusive on DLC, and this time they are getting Sony money for PS3 bias in advertising.

Anyone want to guess just how much Microsoft paid? Or how much Sony are paying?
Masterman280  +   626d ago
Whoever pirates, downloads illegally has no soul!
SmielmaN  +   625d ago
Boom. This. ^^^^
Are_The_MaDNess  +   625d ago
agreed and this come from a PC gamer as many of you says pirate everything...... (not true!)
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Angels3785  +   625d ago
this game will be pirated to high heaven...I guarantee it...It WILL come to PC no doubt. But quote me on this how many millions will be lost to pirates.
Are_The_MaDNess  +   625d ago
then i will say you will have to watch it be on top 10 on steam for months.

ofc there will be pirates! there always is. but the sales are always higher if they treat the users with the respect they deserve.
Angels3785  +   625d ago
Not denying that at all it will be in top 10 steam, but millions of dollars will still be lost.
Rezka  +   626d ago
And it will be worth it c:
kingmushroom  +   626d ago
consoles rule, we get to play GTA5. so much for PC master race...my ass.
Are_The_MaDNess  +   625d ago
really uncalled for......
yes the game would be playing better on a gaming PC with higher framerates. but really now. there is no need to make a huge fuzz about it.
alot of websites are taking pre-order money for the PC version around the world. its just a matter of time before its releases. there is no need to be an ass about it.

after a few months we will see if im right or not.
kingmushroom  +   625d ago
ah GTA5 one more week away...can't wait. Shits gonna be Epic.
tate  +   626d ago
Imagine if one Hollywood film or video game developer decided to skip a sequel, just 1 sequel ; and donate that money to cancer research or to the 3rd world countries for medicine and food..!!!! just imagine. and guess what , imagining is where all that money is going to. imagining virtual worlds and characters for entertainment is where 280 million dollars is going too.! incredible.
dmeador  +   625d ago
You act like that virtual world soaks up the money. That 280 million eventually gets put in a paycheck for someone. Maybe you should take your paycheck for the next 5 years for the work you are doing and donate it?
tracyllrkn  +   626d ago
45% of revenue goes to the publisher. So they'll need to sell 9.5M+ copies full retail price to break even.
Jovanian  +   625d ago
Just so you folks know, most of that budget goes to marketing and not the actual game

Like, idunno, making a gigantic banner that covers an entire building
Scatpants  +   625d ago
Good thing this game is going to make at least a billion dollars.
Angels3785  +   625d ago
That's some good money....
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noctis_lumia  +   625d ago
i hope its more like gta san andreas than gta 4

sry but gta4 was garbage FOR ME,unlikable character,too many restrictions for a gta game

gta 5 looks to do everything right
OrangePowerz  +   625d ago
ajax17  +   625d ago
More than Avatar! Dayom! I wonder how much the music cost by itself...
badboy776  +   625d ago
GTA5 is guaranteed to sell over 20million. So how much profit is that?
Lukas_Japonicus  +   625d ago
37 trillionbazillionsqwazillion dollars.
vigilante_man  +   625d ago
A couple of quid. Just enough for a pint and a bag of chips, with a few bob left in my pocket!
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jah-Fu  +   625d ago
pretty...pretty....pretttyyy.. ...prettyyy good
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