AAA video games are expensive to make, we’re told. However, we didn’t think they were quite this expensive.
As you can see, GTA V is far ahead of the pack in terms of budget. The closest game to GTA V is, of course, GTA IV, but even that is over $150 million shy of Rockstar’s latest.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Half-Life 2 episodes, two of the highest-rated and best games of this generation, are the cheapest to make out of the titles on the graph, proving that throwing more money at a project doesn’t necessarily equal a higher quality product.
Next, WCCFTech compared GTA V’s budget to Hollywood movies:
Yes, even compared to big-budget Hollywood movies, GTA V is up there with the most expensive. Now, you can dispute that GTA V’s figure or the Hollywood movies’ figures do or do not include marketing costs and what not, but whatever the case, these numbers are still staggeringly high.
Ultimately, for me at least, it just begs the question “Why does it cost this much?” and “What does all that money go towards, exactly?”
I may never know.