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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.

List

Name Year Developer Publisher Platform Development cost
(million US$)
Marketing cost
(million US$)
Total cost
(million US$)
Total cost with 2020 inflation
(million US$)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Infinity Ward Activision PC, PS3, Xbox 360 50 200 250[1] 298
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 137[2] 128 265[3] 291
Star Citizen ? Cloud Imperium Games Cloud Imperium Games PC 215+[4] 35+[4] 250+[4] 250+[4]
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare Electronic Arts, LucasArts PC 200[5] 200+[5] 227+
Halo 2 2004 Bungie Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox, Xbox One 40[6] 80[7] 120[6] 217
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Square Square, Sony Computer Entertainment (PS), Eidos Interactive (PC) PS1 40–45[8][9] 40–100[10][9] 80–145 127–231
Destiny 2014 Bungie Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One <140[11] <140[11] 140[11][12][13] 151
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018 Eidos Montréal Square Enix PC, PS4, Xbox One 75–100[14] 35 110–135 112–137
Dead Space 2 2011 Visceral Games Electronic Arts PC, PS3, Xbox 360 60[15] 60 120 136
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360, PC 100+[16] 119+
APB: All Points Bulletin 2010 Realtime Worlds Electronic Arts, Realtime Worlds, Deep Silver (PS4, XB1) PC, PS4, Xbox One 100[17] 117
Max Payne 3 2012 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games PC, Xbox 360, PS3 105[18] 105[18] 117
Battlefield 4 2013 EA DICE Electronic Arts PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 100[19] 100 110
Deadpool 2013 High Moon Studios Activision PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 100[20] 110
Disney Infinity 2013 Avalanche Software, Altron (3DS) Disney Interactive Studios PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC 100[21] 110
Red Dead Redemption 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games PS3, Xbox 360 80–100[22] 94–117
Tomb Raider 2013 Crystal Dynamics Square Enix PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 100[23] 110
Enter the Matrix 2003 Shiny Entertainment Atari, Inc. GameCube, PC, PS2, Xbox 20[24] 67[24] 93
Shenmue 1999 Sega AM2 Sega Dreamcast 47–70[25][26] 47–70[25] 72–107
Defiance 2013 Trion Worlds, Human Head Studios Trion Worlds PC, PS3, Xbox 360 80 80[27] 88
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt PC, Xbox One, PS4 46[28] 35[29] 81 87
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015 Kojima Productions Konami PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One 80 80[30] 86
Mass Effect: Andromeda 2017 BioWare Electronic Arts PC, PS4, Xbox One 76[31] 79
Watch Dogs 2014 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 68[32] 68+ 73+
Crysis 3 2013 Crytek Electronic Arts PS3, Xbox 360, PC 66[33][34][clarification needed] 66 72
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] 72
Too Human 2008 Silicon Knights Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 60–100[36] 71–119
Gran Turismo 5 2010 Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 60[37] 60 70
Rift 2011 Trion Worlds Trion Worlds PC 50 10–20 60–70[38] 68–80
Gears of War: Judgment 2013 Epic Games, People Can Fly Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 60[39] 66
Heavy Rain 2010 Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment PS3, PS4 21.8[40][41] 30.4[40][41] 52.2[40][41] 61
Final Fantasy IX 2000 Square Square PS1 40[42] 40+ 59+
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Atari, Inc. Atari, Inc. Atari 2600 22[43] 58
DC Universe Online 2011 Daybreak Game Company Daybreak Game Company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One 50[44] 50[44] 57
L.A. Noire 2011 Team Bondi Rockstar Games PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 50[45] 50 57
Darksiders II 2012 Vigil Games THQ PS3, PS4, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One 50[46] 56
Gears of War 3 2011 Epic Games Microsoft Studios Xbox 360 48–60[47] 48–60 55–68
Half-Life 2 2004 Valve Valve PC, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 40[48] 40 54
World of Warcraft 2004 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment PC 40[49][unreliable source?] 54

Canceled

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

started

Year

canceled

Developer Publisher Platform Development Cost

(million US$)

Marketing Cost

(million US$)

Total Cost

(million US$)

Total with 2017 inflation

(million US$)

Halo MMO (Titan Project) Canceled ? Ensemble Studios Microsoft Game Studios PC 90[50] 90 107
Fable Legends Canceled 2016 Lionhead Studios Microsoft Studios PC, Xbox One 75[51] 75+ 80+
This Is Vegas Canceled ? Surreal Software Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PC, PS3, Xbox 360 40–50[52] 40–50 47–59

See also

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