List of most expensive video games to develop

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The following is a list of the most expensive video games ever developed, with a minimum total cost of US$50 million.

Rank Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Development cost
(million US$)
Marketing cost
(million US$)
Total cost
(million US$)
Total cost with 2015 inflation
(million US$)
1 Destiny[nb 1] 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 140[2] 500[3] 500
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, PS3, Xbox 360, 50 200 250[4] 275
3 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 137[5] 128 265[6] 268
4 Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square PS, PC 45[7] 100[8] 145 213
5 Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200[9] 200+[10] 210
6 Shenmue II 2001 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast, Xbox 132[11] 176
7 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100[12] 100+[12][13] 110
8 Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 100[12] 100[12] 110
9 Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, Xbox 360, PS3, OS X 105[14] 105[14] 108
10 Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 80-100[15] 100[16] 108
11 Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100[17] 101
12 Deadpool 2013 High Moon Studios Activision PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100[18] 101
13 Tomb Raider 2013 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100 101
14 Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast 47[19] 23[12] 70[12] 99
15 Halo MMO Cancelled Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90[20] 90[20] 90
16 Defiance 2013 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC, PS3, Xbox 360 80 80[21] 81
17 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Kojima Productions Konami PS3 70[12] 70+[12] 77+
18 Pokémon Red/Blue 1996 Game Freak Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color 50[22] 50+ 75+
19 Star Citizen 2016 Cloud Imperium Games Cloud Imperium Games PC 74+[23] 74+ 74+
20 Final Fantasy XIII 2009 Square Enix Square Enix PS3, Xbox 360 65+[24] 65+ 71+
21 Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 60-70[25] 70
22 Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68[26] 68+ 68+
23 Halo 3 2007 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 60[12] 60[12] 68
24 Crysis 3 2013 Crytek Frankfurt Electronic Arts PS3, Xbox 360, PC 66[27] 66 67
25 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012 Ubisoft Paris Ubisoft PC, Xbox 360, PS3 65[28] 65[28] 67
26 Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60[29] 60 65
27 Final Fantasy XII 2006 Square Enix Square Enix PS2 52.3[30] 52.3+ 61+
28 Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 23.2[31] 32.4[31] 55.6[31] 60
29 Halo: Reach 2010 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 55 55 59
30 Final Fantasy IX 2000 Square Square PS 40[32] 40+ 55+
31 APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Realtime Worlds PC 50 50+[12][33][34] 54
32 Call of Duty: Elite 2011 Beachhead Studios Activision PC 50[35] 50[35] 52
33 Homefront 2011 Kaos Studios THQ PC, Xbox 360, PS3, OnLive 50 50+ 52
34 L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 50[36] 50 52
35 DC Universe Online 2012 Sony Online Entertainment Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Bros. PC, PS3, PS4 50[37] 50[37] 51
36 The Secret World 2012 Funcom Electronic Arts PC 50[38] 50[38] 51
37 This Is Vegas Cancelled Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, Xbox 360, PS3 50 50 50
38 World of Warcraft 2004 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC 40[39] 50

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Activision CEO Bobby Kotick stated that the total cost was $500 million, but Bungie's Eric Osborne stated that the budget was "Nowhere near $500 Million".[1]

References[edit]

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