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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.

Rank Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Development cost
(million US$)
Marketing cost
(million US$)
Total cost
(million US$)
Total cost with 2017 inflation
(million US$)
1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, PS3, Xbox 360 50 200 250[1] 279
2 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 137[2] 128 265[3] 272
3 Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square Enix, Sony Computer Entertainment (PS), Eidos Interactive (PC) PS, PC 45[4] 100[5] 145 216
4 Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200[6] 200+[6] 213+
5 Destiny 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One <140[7] <140[7] 140[7][8][9] 142
6 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100+[10] 111+
7 Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 100[11][unreliable source?] 100[11][unreliable source?] 111
8 APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Electronic Arts, Realtime Worlds, Deep Silver (PS4, XB1) PC, PS4, Xbox One 100[12] 110
9 Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 80-100[13] 100[14] 110
10 Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, Xbox 360, PS3 105[15] 105[15] 110
11 Deadpool 2013 High Moon Studios Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 100[16] 103
12 Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software, Altron (3DS) Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100[17] 103
14 Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast 47[18] 23[11][unreliable source?] 70[11][unreliable source?] 101
15 Halo MMO Cancelled Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90[19] 90 100
16 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks PC, Xbox 360, PS3 85[20][unreliable source?] 90
17 Enter the Matrix 2003 Shiny Entertainment Atari, Inc. GameCube, PC, PS2, Xbox 20[21] 67[21] 87
18 Defiance 2013 Trion Worlds, Human Head Studios Trion Worlds PC, PS3, Xbox 360 80 80[22] 82
19 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 CD Projekt RED CD Projekt PC, Xbox One, PS4 46[23] 35[24] 81 82
20 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015 Kojima Productions Konami PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 80 80[25] 81
21 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 Kojima Productions Konami PS3 70[11][unreliable source?] 70+[11][unreliable source?] 78+
22 Pokémon Red/Blue 1996 Game Freak Nintendo Game Boy 50[26] 50+ 76+
23 Fable Legends Cancelled Lionhead Studios Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox One 75[27] 75+ 75+
24 Final Fantasy XIII 2009 Square Enix Square Enix PC, PS3, Xbox 360 65+[28] 65+ 73+
25 Halo 3 2007 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 60[11][unreliable source?] 60[11][unreliable source?] 69
26 Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68[29] 68+ 69+
27 Crysis 3 2013 Crytek Electronic Arts PS3, Xbox 360, PC 66[30][31][clarification needed] 66 68
28 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012 Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kiev (PC) Ubisoft PC, Xbox 360, PS3 65[32] 65[32] 68
29 Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60[33] 60 66
30 Gears of War: Judgment 2013 Epic Games, People Can Fly Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 60[34] 62
31 Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 50 10-20 60-70[35] 64-75
34 Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3, PS4 23.2[36] 32.4[36] 55.6[36] 61
35 Final Fantasy IX 2000 Square Square PS, PC 40[37] 40+ 56+
36 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Atari, Inc. Atari, Inc. Atari 2600 22[38] 55
38 DC Universe Online 2011 Daybreak Game Company Daybreak Game Company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One 50[39] 50[39] 53
39 L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 50[40] 50 53
41 Half-Life 2 2004 Valve Corporation Valve Corporation PC, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 40[41] 40 51
42 World of Warcraft 2004 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC 40[42][unreliable source?] 51
43 This Is Vegas Cancelled Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, Xbox 360 40-50[43] 40-50 44-55

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