Video Game industry has been doing extremely well in the last few years, so much so that it has even crossed the film industry in terms of revenue. And with so much revenue flowing around the industry, game developers have not been backing out on spending millions of dollars on their projects.
You wouldn’t believe the staggering amount of investment that goes in the development of some of the titles that we can download and play for free. There is so much that goes into making a game a huge success in this ever-growing competitive market, from development cost to packaging and marketing of the game.
So, we have made a list of the top 3 most expensive video games and some of these are even more costly than some of the most expensive feature films in hollywood!
Grand Theft Auto 5
Rockstar is well known for its open world titles and more specifically the GTA and RDR series. The company has been spending millions of dollars in both the development cost and marketing of the game. The latest of the GTA series GTA 5 is believed to have an estimated development cost of around $137 Million and the rest for marketing and distribution of the product.
It is probably the most successful open world title of all time, since it was released back in 2014, the game is believed to have sold over 140 million copies world wide. It is still being played by millions of players around the world because of its multiplayer mode. It wouldn’t surprise me if the game manages to earn as much just from players spending on the gta 5 money.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Compared to the film industry, game studios like to keep all the cost of development under wraps. The cost is then estimated by the analysts around the world so it might not be as accurate, especially when it comes to RDR 2. Rockstar has been particularly silent about the development and marketing cost of the title.
However, Rockstar is believed to have spent over $200 million for the development of the title and around $500 million if we put together the marketing and distribution cost as well. The number of players buying RDR 2 accounts is crossing hundreds of thousands.
Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the most hyped game of all time, it was under development for almost 9 years with multiple delays in the game’s release. Over this very long-time span, the game is believed to have set back CD Projekt Red about 175 Millions in only the development of the game.
Even after so many years of development, Cyberpunk 2077 came out to be quite a mess, with many bugs and glitches that caused a lot of criticism amongst the fans. It also showed us that not all expensive titles are actually good or enjoyable.