The 10 Most Expensive Video Games


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Did you know that Grand Theft Auto V is out on shelves? Of course you did. How else did GTA V make an astounding $800 million in the first day of release. Besides raking in a ton of dough for Rockstar Games, the latest release in the Grand Theft Auto franchise has earned critical praise as well. Not too shabby for a series that has been criticized for excessive violence.

On top of breaking sales records, GTA V made headlines for becoming the most expensive video game to develop with an estimated budget of $266 million, which includes marketing as well. To put that into perspective, that’s a bigger budget than James Cameron’s special effects extravaganza Avatar had, which was $237 million. But, what are some other pricey video game budgets? We’re glad you asked, because here’s the ten most expensive games to develop and market.

10. Halo 3


Released in 2007, the third release in the Halo series cost around $55 million and was only avaialbe for the XBox 360.

9. Too Human


This RPG hit shelves in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and had an estimated budget of $60 million.

8. Metal Gear Solid 4


Metal Gear’s fourth edition cost about $60 million to develop and was released in in 2008 for the PS3.

7. Shenmue


Back in 1999, Dremacast released Shenmue, which had had a mind-blowing budget of $70 million.

6. Gran Turismo 5


In 2010, Gran Turismo 5 and its $80 million budget was released for the PS3.

5. Disney Infinity


Disney dropped a cool $100 million for Infinity, which is available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC.

4. Red Dead Redemption


Rockstar loves to spend a ton of cash for game development, for example, the studio spent $100 million for 2010’s Red Dead Redemption.

3. Grand Theft Auto IV


Another game that had a budget of around $100 million was Grand Theft Auto IV which was released in 2008 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC.

2. Star Wars: The Old Republic


EA, BioWare and Lucas went all out for 2011’s Star Wars: The Old Republic with a $200 million budget. A gutsy move for a game that was only available on PC.

1. Grand Theft Auto V


As mentioned earlier, Rock Star dropped $266 million for Grand Theft Auto V. It looks like the price tag has already payed off. Big time.

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