The following game budget projections show just how much money goes into developing and marketing a video game - and the numbers are shocking!
Essentially a lot of it goes to marketing-just like movies.
Most of the time the marketing budget is at least 2x that of development. I mean look at GTV its almost a decade old and still charts in the top 10s each month. They've must have made at least 3 billion so far and they keep going...what a feat!
Sorry. This list fails immediately. Where is Scam Citiz... (ahem) STAR Citizen? That’s number 1, 2, and 3.
I came here looking for this comment :D
When it comes to actual development budget not counting marketing nothing comes remotely close to that.
The game is still in development , every other game on the list has been released.
#1-It will NEVER be released #2- Regardless it is still miles past anything else cost wise.
If nobody can verify how much of the money the Star Citizen devs have spent, how can you include it on the list? Just because they've collected the money, doesn't mean they've spent it all...what percentage have they spent so far? How much has "disappeared" for some nefarious reason or the other. Will that game even ever release?
@medman Guess you don’t remember when they posted that they were running out of funding when they were around 250 -275million. 🤔 You really thought they were just sitting on 300+ million? I think you just wanted to have an opposing view on something you knew nothing about. Spent money is spent. That’s how you “run out” of funding. The rest of the world remembers. https://www.gamesindustry.b...
@deathdeliverer You are absolutely right....I know very little about Star Citizen. I do know quite a bit about people, however. In my experience, when you hand a bunch of people who have no experience handling a lot of money, much of that money can be mismanaged, whether innocently or intentionally. The former is unfortunate, the latter is a crime. All I know is this project has been in development for a very long time, a lot of money coming in, still no finished product. Original promised release date passed by many years ago. I'm just saying.....I've seen indefinitely funded projects with no completion date in sight fall apart before....now maybe the backers are ok with what they've been delivered so far, but I've also heard rumblings of dissatisfaction.
They're developing two games, not one game, Star Citizen and Squadron 42. Both are connected and will share some assets but are completely different games, one is a mmofps the other a story driven single player game.
Those are good points, BUT you in could all money collected by other dev's and assume it was spent for development. The only way to be fair is to apply the same math.
Yeah this was the category for completed games......lol
Scam Citizen is listed at the end of article along with other unreleased titles like Cyberpunk. Difference being that Cyberpunk will actually be finished.
7. Dead Space $120M 6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider $135M 5. Destiny $140M 4. Final Fantasy VII $145M 3. Star Wars: The Old Republic $200M 2. Call of Duty: MW 2 $250M 1. Grand Theft Auto 5 $265M
I don’t think the presented list is accurate. Video game budgets generally aren’t publicly disclosed. Red Dead Redemption 2 was estimated to cost over 200 million to produce, and it is not ranked in the presented article.
How much is Halo infinite now? $550 million?
That number strains credulity to be honest. Unless it's referring to the entire 10year support budget. Either that or the game is massively larger in scale and ambition than they've been letting on up till now.
The 550 million budget isn’t verified.
Yeah..the list is not accurate at all.
Did rdr2 ever release its numbers? Definitely one of the most expensive Id say. Had no idea mw2 was @$250mil holy jeez.
I'm amazed at that MW2 number because of how simple the game is compared to things like RDR2 and GTAV. The graphics and what not in the campaign are great but not $250M worth
Star citizen lmao!! And it’s still not done
Lmao Shadow of the Tomb Raider cost 135 million??? The game had zero innovations and was actually a downgrade from the previous game. That's crazy. So even post leftist takeover naughty dog is superior to multiplatform studios. Sony really is king.
"post leftist takeover naughty dog" Spotted the snowflake
ROTTR was a good game and even though it didn't improve upon 2013 in every regard, it is a VERY good game, and the DLC makes it a very meaty game with lots to do. It is a Must play in my opinion, same with Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
How about sony's exclusives? They don't look cheap.
Most of them are single player games. No need for Server maintance, regular Updates etc.
Shenmue 2001, 40-70 million? Inflation in 2020 would put it where?
I'm surprised Shenmue wasn't on the list. People have to understand this was almost 20 years ago and the cost was insane
We all know one non finished game that asks for money all the time on the PC. It's a rip off.
Star Citizen. I used to give it the benefit of a doubt. I've accepted the fact that the devs are just milking it to no end as a means to live on the funds
Didn’t red dead redemption 2 cost something ridiculous like $880 million to make and market? Why isn’t that on the list?
It's a shit list. I mean, WoW cost over $500m to make alone and it's not even there.
Star Citizen has probably spent the most on actual game development at this point. Most other games that claim really high "development" costs, spent 70%+ on marketing.
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