Have you thought about which are the most expensive video games ever made? It may be hard to believe but the development and marketing of a top video game can easily cost almost as much as it does to make a film nowadays (probably even more). As video games have grown in popularity so have their budgets, which now rival those of major Hollywood productions. Together, the marketing and production budgets for a game can reach more than a quarter billion dollars. Many experts predict that with the advance of technology, video game production costs will become increasingly expensive. Today we’ll focus purely on the development and marketing costs associated with video games as we proudly present the 25 Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made That You Probably Own (and if you don’t, you should). Which of these video games are your favorite?
Heavy Rain (2010)
In 2013 Quantic Dream’s Guillaume de Fondaumière revealed to a Digital Dragons audience in Poland that PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavy Rain cost only about $18 million to make—even with all those emotional polygons stuffed in. With Sony’s marketing and distribution cost added, the total for the game was something like $55.5 million, while Sony earned more than $140 million from the game’s sales. To make a long story short, the game was a success story.
Gran Turismo 5 (2010)
According to the series producer Kazunori Yamauchi’s claims, Polyphony Digital’s long-awaited PlayStation 3 racing sim Gran Turismo 5 cost Sony, its publisher, $60 million over its five-year development cycle. The game proved to be a huge commercial success, however, and as of 2013, it is currently one of the best-selling PS3 games and the best-selling PS3 exclusive with over ten million copies sold worldwide.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (2012)
On January 22, 2009, Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier was in development, but the game wasn’t released until May 2012. The budget on this bad boy was right up there with Crysis 3 at about $65 million.
Crysis 3 (2013)
Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It was released in North America on February 19, 2013. Its development took more than two years and cost an estimated $66 million.
Halo 3 (2007)
Halo 3 is one of the most popular first-person shooter video games developed by Bungie for the Xbox 360. Halo 3 was initially conceived before Halo 2 was released in 2004. Most of the staff was preoccupied with making extra content for Halo 2, while the rest moved forward with the groundwork for Halo 3. The game’s budget was about $60 million, and 4.2 million units went into stores the day before its release, leading Halo 3 to gross more than $300 million in its first week alone.