Daily Mail says it reported the figure from conjecture. Suggestions that Rockstar San Diego’s newest project Red Dead Redemption cost $100 million to develop is not based on insider knowledge or available figures.
Thats the Daily Mail for you.....
Aye just like them.
Its worth 100 million
I thought gamers would have had enough common sense to know that it wasnt true without some article.
They shouldn't be allowed to blatantly throw crap out like that... It's a news publication. We're supposed to expect some facts out of it.
Can't remember where, but a developer from the studio said they needed to sell 5 million copies to break even. So you could do the math around that, but obviously none of us know the exact amount of profit a developer makes per sale.
http://www.escapistmagazine... This article, posted back in January, states the same. The Escapist tends to be quite a reliable source of info but conditions and targets may have changed since then, so final numbers could be more or less.
R*SD has been working on RDR since early 2006, and its been in development alongside their other major franchise (Midnight Club) all the while. They employ about 150 people, as I recall, and the "industry standard" is $100K per person, per year (that's not salary -- that's all inclusive.. building rent, taxes, employee perks, outsourced work, etc) That tells me they've spent about $60M on BOTH RDR and Midnight Club over the past four years, so I'd be willing to bet RDR didn't cost them $100M, or even much more than about $40-45M. San Diego is an expensive place (even though huge numbers of game studios are in expensive locales), so pushing $50M might be in line, but $100M? No way. If so, their voice and motion actors really made out like bandits. Pun intended.
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