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 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 137[1] 128 265[2] 268
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, PS3, Xbox 360, 50 200 250[3] 275
3 Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square PS, PC 45[4] 100[5] 145 213
4 Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200[6] 200+[7] 210
5 Destiny[note 1] 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 140[9] 140+[10] 140+
6 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100[11] 100+[11][12] 110
7 Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 100[11] 100[11] 110
8 Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, Xbox 360, PS3, OS X 105[13] 105[13] 108
9 Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 80-100[14] 100[15] 108
10 Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100[16] 101
11 Deadpool 2013 High Moon Studios Activision PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100[17] 101
12 Tomb Raider 2013 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100 101
13 Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast 47[18] 23[11] 70[11] 99
14 Halo MMO Cancelled Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90[19] 90[19] 90
15 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks PC, Xbox 360, PS3 85[20] [21] 89
16 Star Citizen 2017-2018 Cloud Imperium Games Cloud Imperium Games PC 85+[22] 85+ 85+
17 Defiance 2013 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC, PS3, Xbox 360 80 80[23] 81
18 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2013 Kojima Productions Konami PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 80 80[24] 80
19 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Kojima Productions Konami PS3 70[11] 70+[11] 77+
20 Pokémon Red/Blue 1996 Game Freak Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color 50[25] 50+ 75+
21 Final Fantasy XIII 2009 Square Enix Square Enix PS3, Xbox 360 65+[26] 65+ 71+
22 Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 50 10-20 60-70[27] 70
23 Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68[28] 68+ 68+
24 Halo 3 2007 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 60[11] 60[11] 68
25 Crysis 3 2013 Crytek Frankfurt Electronic Arts PS3, Xbox 360, PC 66[29] 66 67
26 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012 Ubisoft Paris Ubisoft PC, Xbox 360, PS3 65[30] 65[30] 67
27 Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60[31] 60 65
28 Final Fantasy XII 2006 Square Enix Square Enix PS2 52.3[32] 52.3+ 61+
29 Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 23.2[33] 32.4[33] 55.6[33] 60
30 Halo: Reach 2010 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 55 55 59
31 Final Fantasy IX 2000 Square Square PS 40[34] 40+ 55+
32 APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Realtime Worlds PC 50 50+[11][35][36] 54
33 Call of Duty: Elite 2011 Beachhead Studios Activision PC 50[37] 50[37] 52
34 Homefront 2011 Kaos Studios THQ PC, Xbox 360, PS3, OnLive 50 50+ 52
35 L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 50[38] 50 52
36 DC Universe Online 2012 Sony Online Entertainment Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Bros. PC, PS3, PS4 50[39] 50[39] 51
37 The Secret World 2012 Funcom Electronic Arts PC 50[40] 50[40] 51
38 This Is Vegas Cancelled Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, Xbox 360, PS3 50 50 50
39 World of Warcraft 2004 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC 40[41] 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".[8]

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