In the 1970s, video games started gaining popularity in what began as huge square pixels shooting at smaller square pixels. As video games have grown in popularity, so have their budgets, which now rival those of major Hollywood productions. Both, marketing and production budgets can make games cost over a quarter billion dollars. We are going to focus simply on the development costs associated with these games. Here is the top 10 most expensive video games given below:
1. Watch Dogs- USD 68 Million
It is an open world game which was designed to allow the players to discover a fictionalized version of Chicago and it has a minor similarity to the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ series.
2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots- USD 70 Million
Its fourth ‘Metal Gear Solid’ edition features an aged version of Solid Snake, the main character in the series. It was made in 2008, Its release was set in 2014, which was technically the future at the time. ‘Guns of the Patriots’ is a direct sequel to the hit game.
3. Defiance- USD 80 Million
It is known as a Mass Multiplayer Online game or MMO. It was developed in collaboration with a TV show of the same name that debuted on the SyFy Channel in 2013. It takes you on a journey of fighting off the alien race, destroying humanity after the Pale Wars in the San Francisco area.
4. Red Dead Redemption- USD 90 Million
Rockstar Games is known for ‘Grand Theft Auto’, but has produced a couple of other hits, including ‘Red Dead Revolver’ for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. ‘Red Dead Revolver’ was a huge success that a highly expected sequel was released in 2010, naming ‘Red Dead Redemption’.
5. Too Human- USD 100 Million
Canadian game developer Silicon Knights is the most expensive production in video game history. Nintendo took a shot at the game but never released it. Microsoft came to release ‘Too Human’ in 2008, nine years after it was firstly set to release.
6. Grand Theft Auto IV- USD 100 Million
Rockstar Games came out with three ‘Grand Theft Auto’ games for the PlayStation 2 with ‘GTA 3, ‘Vice City’ and ‘San Andreas’. These three were among the highly praised games of all time. With a convincing storyline, unbelievable graphics at the time and replay value through the roof, Grand Theft Auto IV got the people smitten with.
7. Max Payne 3- USD 105 Million
Rockstar Games makes another appearance with the third game in the ‘Max Payne’ series. ‘Max Payne 3’ was released in 2012, nine years after the second game.
8. Grand Theft Auto V- USD 137 Million
Initially it was released in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V was revised for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014 with improved graphics and extra bits and pieces in the game play. This game was a massive hit, in the first 24 hours alone, making USD 800 million.
9. Destiny- USD 140 Million
Destiny was released in 2014. Although the reviews were not as ideal as expected, But still made well over USD 500 million.
10. Star Wars: The Old Republic- USD 200 Million
The ‘Star Wars’ creation is extremely expansive and ‘The Old Republic’ takes place after a time of peace between the Sith Empire and the Republic. After three days, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was released, about one million people subscribed it. But after a year, subscribers were reduced a lot.