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.

Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Development cost
(million US$)
Marketing cost
(million US$)
Total cost
(million US$)
Total cost with 2018 inflation
(million US$)
Star Citizen TBD Cloud Imperium Games Cloud Imperium Games PC 192 192 192
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, PS3, Xbox 360 50 200 250[1] 285
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 137[2] 128 265[3] 278
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200[4] 200+[4] 218+
Halo 2 2004 Bungie Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox, Xbox One 40[5] 80[6] 120[5] 168
Destiny 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One <140[7] <140[7] 140[7][8][9] 145
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square Enix, Sony Computer Entertainment (PS), Eidos Interactive (PC) PS, PS4, PC, iOS, Android 40-45[10][11] 40-100[12][11] 80-145 122-221
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100+[13] 114+
Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 60-100[14] 100 114
APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Electronic Arts, Realtime Worlds, Deep Silver (PS4, XB1) PC, PS4, Xbox One 100[15] 112
Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, Xbox 360, PS3 105[16] 105[16] 112
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 80-100[17] 100[18] 112
Battlefield 4 2013 EA DICE Electronic Arts PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 100[19] 100 105
Deadpool 2013 High Moon Studios Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 100[20] 105
Dead Space 2 2011 Visceral Games Electronic Arts PC, PS3, Xbox 360 60[21] 60 120 ???
Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software, Altron (3DS) Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100[22] 105
Tomb Raider 2013 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 100[23] 105
Enter the Matrix 2003 Shiny Entertainment Atari, Inc. GameCube, PC, PS2, Xbox 20[24] 67[24] 89
Defiance 2013 Trion Worlds, Human Head Studios Trion Worlds PC, PS3, Xbox 360 80 80[25] 84
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt PC, Xbox One, PS4 46[26] 35[27] 81 84
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015 Kojima Productions Konami PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 80 80[28] 83
Pokémon Red/Blue 1996 Game Freak Nintendo Game Boy 50[29] 50+ 78+
Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68[30] 68+ 70+
Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast, PS4, PC, Xbox One 47-70[31][32] 47-70[31] 69-103
Crysis 3 2013 Crytek Electronic Arts PS3, Xbox 360, PC 66[33][34][clarification needed] 66 69
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012 Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kiev (PC) Ubisoft PC, Xbox 360, PS3 65[35] 65[35] 69
Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60[36] 60 67
Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 50 10-20 60-70[37] 65-76
Gears of War: Judgment 2013 Epic Games, People Can Fly Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 60[38] 63
Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3, PS4 21.8[39][40] 30.4[39][40] 52.2[39][40] 59
Final Fantasy IX 2000 Square Square PS, PS4, PC, iOS, Android 40[41] 40+ 57+
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Atari, Inc. Atari, Inc. Atari 2600 22[42] 56
DC Universe Online 2011 Daybreak Game Company Daybreak Game Company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One 50[43] 50[43] 54
L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 50[44] 50 54
Darksiders II 2012 Vigil Games THQ PS3, PS4, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 50[45] 53
Half-Life 2 2004 Valve Corporation Valve Corporation PC, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 40[46] 40 52
World of Warcraft 2004 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC 40[47][unreliable source?] 52

Cancelled[edit]

Known cancelled projects with a cost of more than 50 million US$
Name Year

started

Year

cancelled

Developer Publisher Platform Development Cost

(million US$)

Marketing Cost

(million US$)

Total Cost

(million US$)

Total with 2017 inflation

(million US$)

Halo MMO Cancelled ? Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90[48] 90 102
Fable Legends Cancelled 2016 Lionhead Studios Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox One 75[49] 75+ 76+
This Is Vegas Cancelled ? Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, Xbox 360 40-50[50] 40-50 45-56

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