Top 10 Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made
Digital Battle has put together what it believes to be the top 10 most expensive video games to develop so far. Some of the entries may surprise you as to how expensive, or how cheap, they were to develop. As a gauge to how budgets have sky rocketed over the past 20 years Digital Battle also point out that 1990-92 budgets for games were around $100,000, with Doom 2 costing $200,000 in 1993. Now you won’t see change from $50 million from one of the big game developers. Here are the top most expensive video games ever.
10. Killzone 2 – $45 million
Killzone is the one of the most expensive video games with the budget originally $20 million. Then it was upped to $40 million, and most estimates put it at $45 million.
9. Final Fantasy XII – $48 million
It’s a Japanese game, who’s best feature is the high quality graphics. The Final Fantasy games is the most expensive video games, and Final Fantasy XII had a budget of a whopping $48 million, excluding any marketing costs.
8. LA Noire – $50 million
La Noire is the most expensive video games, by Tom Crago, the president of Game Developers’ Association of Australia. With it’s advanced technology and 1940s scenery of Los Angeles, California, of course it’s going to have a high budget.
7. APB – $50 million
The game took 5 years to finish. Graphics are realistic, and the original budget was actually set at $50 million so the creators don’t feel any pressure in the middle of the creation. APB is the most expensive video games. The official budget is exactly $50 million, but Realtime Worlds is set to spend millions each year supporting and expanding the MMO.
6. Halo 3 – $55 million
The game originally didn’t have a set budget because the company wanted to make the game absolutely phenomenal, no matter what it took. The Halo franchise has been so successful for Bungie and Microsoft that they virtually had an unlimited budget on Halo 3, as it had to be the most expensive video games.
5. Metal Gear Solid 4 – $60 million
Metal Gear Solid 4 took 4 full years to make, at a price tag of $60 million, shared between Kojima Producitons and Sony.
4. Too Human – $60+ million
IT’s original budget was million, but as the company kept proceeding in the produciton, more and more money was added. About million more was added to the game’s name. This added at least another $10 million to the budget, according to some sources.
3. Shenmue – $70 million
Shenmue is the most expensive video games with a $70 million budget for a SEGA Dreamcast game. Shenmue offered a vast and explorable area, a complete weather system, and so many fine details and features that games even today don’t have.
2. Gran Turismo 5 – $80 million
This driving simulator truley makes you feel like a race car driver. It features excellent graphics and a wide variety of cars and tracks. Its official budget as of mid 2008 was $60 million, and two years later when the game hits the stores, it will reach a staggering $80 million, making it the second most expensive video games.
1. Grand Theft Auto 4 – $100 million
Grand Theft Auto IV. The newest sequel to one of the best series ever created. Excellent graphics, and what’s a good GTA without a good story line? The game took 3.5 years to complete and had almost 1,000 people working in order to complete this game. The story is so long that it can take days to complete, and also the city resembles New York. It also features a lot of famous and historical places, such as the Statue of Liberty. There should be, with a budget of $100 million, GTA 4 is the most expensive video games ever made.