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 and sorted by the total cost adjusted for inflation. Most game budgets are not disclosed, so this list is not indicative of industry trends.

Lists[edit]

Official figures[edit]

Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Development cost
(million USD)
Marketing cost
(million USD)
Total cost
(million USD)
Total cost with 2020 inflation
(million USD)
Star Citizen Early access Cloud Imperium Games Cloud Imperium Games PC 275+[1] 45+[1] 320+[1] 320+
Cyberpunk 2077 2020 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia 174[2] 142[2] 316[3] 316
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, PS3, Xbox 360 50 200 250[4] 302
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 265[5] 294
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square, Sony Computer Entertainment PS1 40–45[6][7] 40–100[8][7] 80–145 129–234
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200[9] 200+[9] 230+
Halo 2 2004 Bungie Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox, Xbox One 40[10] 80[10] 120[10] 219
Destiny 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One <140[11] <140[11] 140[11] 153
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018 Eidos Montréal Square Enix PC, PS4, Xbox One 75–100[12] 35[12] 110–135 113–139
Dead Space 2 2011 Visceral Games Electronic Arts PC, PS3, Xbox 360 60[13] 60[13] 120 138
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100+[14] 120+
Mortal Kombat II 1993 Midway Games Acclaim Entertainment Sega Genesis, Game Boy, PS1 50[15] 10[15] 60 107
Battlefield 4 2013 EA DICE Electronic Arts PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 100[16] 100 111
Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software, Altron (3DS) Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100[17] 111
Genshin Impact 2020 miHoYo miHoYo PC, PS4, Android, iOS 100+[18] 100+
Defiance 2013 Trion Worlds, Human Head Studios Trion Worlds PC, PS3, Xbox 360 80 80[19] 89
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt PC, Xbox One, PS4 81[20] 88
Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 50 10–20 60–70[21] 69–81
Mass Effect: Andromeda 2017 BioWare Electronic Arts PC, PS4, Xbox One 76[22] 80
Sonic & Knuckles 1994 Sega Sega Sega Mega Drive/Genesis 45[23] 45 79
Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68+[24] 68+ 74+
Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast 47[25][26] 47[25] 73
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012 Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kyiv (PC) Ubisoft PC, Xbox 360, PS3 65[27] 73
Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60[28] 60 71
Gears of War 3 2011 Epic Games Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 48–60[29] 48–60 55–69
Gears of War: Judgment 2013 Epic Games, People Can Fly Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 60[30] 67
Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3, PS4 21.8[31][32] 30.4[31][32] 52.2[31][32] 62
Final Fantasy IX 2000 Square Square PS1 40[33] 40+ 60+
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Atari, Inc. Atari, Inc. Atari 2600 22[34] 59
DC Universe Online 2011 Daybreak Game Company Daybreak Game Company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One 50[35] 50[35] 58
L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 50[36] 50 58
Darksiders II 2012 Vigil Games THQ PS3, PS4, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 50[37] 56
Super Mario Bros. 3 1988 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Nintendo Entertainment System 0.8[38] 25+[39] 25.8+ 56+
Half-Life 2 2004 Valve Valve PC, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 40[40] 40 55

Cancelled games[edit]

Name Year cancelled Developer Publisher Platform Development cost
(million US$)
Cost with 2020 inflation
(million US$)
Halo MMO (Titan Project) 2007–2008 Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90[41] 108
Fable Legends 2016 Lionhead Studios Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox One 75[42] 81+
This Is Vegas 2009–2010 Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, Xbox 360 40–50[43] 47–59

Analyst estimations[edit]

Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Analyst Firm Development cost
(million US$)
Marketing cost
(million US$)
Total cost
(million US$)
Total cost with 2020 inflation
(million US$)
Ref(s).
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Arvind Bhatia Sterne Agee 137.5 69–109.3 206.5–246.8 229–274 [44]
Marvel's Avengers 2020 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X David Gibson Astris Advisory 170+ 170+ [45]
Red Dead Redemption 2 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One Michael Pachter Wedbush Securities 170 170 175 [46]
N/A[a] 200–300 200–300 206–309
Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Arvind Bhatia Sterne Agee 105 105 118 [47]
APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Electronic Arts, Realtime Worlds PC, PS4, Xbox One N/A[b] 100 119 [48]
Deadpool 2013 High Moon Studios Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC N/A[c] 100 111 [49]
Tomb Raider 2013 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Billy Pidgeon N/A 100 111 [50]
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 N/A[d] 80–100 95–119 [51]
Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 N/A[e] 60–100 72–120 [52]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As reported by VentureBeat.
  2. ^ As reported by The Guardian.
  3. ^ As reported by GameSpot.
  4. ^ As reported by The New York Times.
  5. ^ As reported by USgamer.

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