List of most expensive video games to develop

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The following is a list of the most expensive games ever made.

Rank Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Estimated

development cost (US$)

Estimated

marketing cost (US$)

Estimated

total cost (US$)

1 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 265,000,000[1]
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, Xbox 360, PS3 50,000,000[2] 150,000,000[2] 200,000,000[2]
3 Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200,000,000[3][2] 200,000,000+[2]
4 Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square PS,PC 45,000,000[4] 100,000,000[5][6] 145,000,000
5 Destiny 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One 140,000,000+[7]
6 Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, Xbox 360, PS3, OS X 105,000,000[8] 105,000,000[8]
7 Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100,000,000[9]
8 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100,000,000[10] 100,000,000+[10][11]
9 Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 100,000,000[12]
10 Tomb Raider 2013 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100,000,000
11 Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 100,000,000[10] 100,000,000[10]
12 Halo MMO cancelled Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90,000,000[2] 90,000,000[2]
13 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Kojima Productions Konami PS3 70,000,000[10] 70,000,000+[10]
14 Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 50,000,000[2] 20,000,000[2] 70,000,000[2]
15 Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast 47,000,000[2][10][13] 23,000,000[2][10] 70,000,000[2][10]
16 Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68,000,000[14] 68,000,000+
17 Crysis 3 2013 Crytek Frankfurt Electronic Arts PS3, Xbox 360, PC 66,000,000[15] 66,000,000+
18 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012 Ubisoft Paris Ubisoft PC, Xbox 360, PS3 65,000,000[2] 65,000,000[2]
19 Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60,000,000[16] 60,000,000
20 Halo 3 2007 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 60,000,000[10] 60,000,000[10]
21 World of Warcraft 2004 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC 60,000,000[17] 60,000,000[17]
22 Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 23,200,000[18] 32,400,000[18] 55,600,000[18]
23 Halo: Reach 2010 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 55,000,000[17] 55,000,000[17]
24 APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Realtime Worlds PC 50,000,000[10] 50,000,000+[10][19][20]
25 Call of Duty: Elite cancelled Beachhead Studios Activision PC 50,000,000[2] 50,000,000[2]
26 DC Universe Online 2012 Sony Online Entertainment Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, PS4 50,000,000[2] 50,000,000[2]
27 Homefront 2011 Kaos Studios THQ PC, Xbox 360, PS3, OnLive 50,000,000[2] 50,000,000+[2]
28 L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 50,000,000[21] 50,000,000
29 This Is Vegas cancelled Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, Xbox 360, PS3 50,000,000[17] 50,000,000[17]
30 The Secret World 2012 Funcom Electronic Arts PC 50,000,000[2] 50,000,000[2]

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