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GTA V is the most expensive video game ever made

By Jake Denton,

Posted in PC, PS3, Slide, Xbox 360



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AAA video games are expensive to make, we’re told. However, we didn’t think they were quite this expensive.

Reportedly, the budget for Grand Theft Auto V comes in at $265 million. To put that in to perspective, knocked up a couple of handy graphs.

GTA V Budget Graph 1

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:

GTA V Budget Graph 2

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.



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2 Responses to GTA V is the most expensive video game ever made

  1. penismaster says:


  2. gtafanatic says:

    Reports have been indicating that the $265 million budget for GTA includes both development and marketing costs. It’s quite possible that Rockstar has forked out that much money, and of course with help from investors. Also, don’t forget that GTA V has been in development since 2011.

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