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Red Dead Redemption $100m budget claim unfounded

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.

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retrofly2713d ago

Thats the Daily Mail for you.....

Denethor_II2713d ago ShowReplies(3)
SuperStrokey11232713d ago

I thought gamers would have had enough common sense to know that it wasnt true without some article.

thewhoopimen2713d ago

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.

Topshelfcheese2713d ago

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.

Digibull2713d ago

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.

Trroy2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

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.