The gaming industry is increasing every day, we have come in the era of Virtual Reality where we can experience the game like we are in it. We have come a long way since 70’s when video games were gaining popularity with single pixel shooting games. We saw Pac-Man, Mario, Road Rash, GTA and much more. With time and technology games also got evolved now they look real.We see films taking millions of Dollars in making but Video Games are not behind. Video Games are art, and this art has a price, a very high rice to develop. With mind-blowing graphics and extremely amazing sound, Video Games are getting costlier in making. There are games which took more than $100 Million in development. We have here arranged Top Ten Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made.
Table of Contents
- Most Expensive Video Games
- 10.Watch Dogs
- 9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
- 8. Defiance
- 7. Red Dead Redemption
- 6. Too Humans
- 5. Grand Theft Auto IV
- 4. Max Payne
- Development Cost – $105 Million
- 3. Grand Theft Auto V
- 2. Destiny
- 1.Star Wars: The Old Republic
Most Expensive Video Games
Development Cost – $68 Million
Watch Dogs is an open world action-adventure third-person shooter stealth video game; it is developed by Ubisoft. The game is third-person perspective, and you can navigate the world on-foot or by a vehicle. It is set in a fictionalized version of Illinois and Chicago. Watch Dogs was launched in May 2014 and at the time of launch, it was one of the few most expensive game ever made. The center character of the game is Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker. Watch Dogs sold more than 10 million copies of their game which is an Ubisoft record. It took soo much amount to develop this game, but it also recovered every penny invested in it and very fast.
9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Development Cost – $70 Millions
Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the most amazing and promising game series; they have already made their fans hooked to their games. They have beautiful graphics and amazing storyline. Their new game “Guns of the Patriots” is also an action-adventure stealth video game which is developed by Kojima Productions. It took $70 Million, to develop this game, but the wait and money both were worth it. It is highly loved by gamers, and it is also critically acclaimed.
Many critics said that the game is “Flawless.” Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a sequel to the previous versions, and it concludes the story of both Patriots and Solid Snake. The game is amazing with mesmerizing graphics and unforgettable gameplay. It is one of those games that you would stop playing even after you have completed it hundreds of times. The game was launched in June 2008.
Development Cost – $80 Million
Defiance is a massively multiplayer online game; it is set as a third-person shooter perspective. Defiance is developed by Trion Worlds. It takes place in a Science-Fiction world in future on a terraformed Earth. The game was launched in April 2013. The player’s objective is too fight and kill the alien race that is destroying the Human race. The game cost a fortune, and it received mixed reviews from critics. It was later made free for people to play. It was not a commercially successful game, but the development cost of the game was whooping $80 Million with five years in development.
7. Red Dead Redemption
Development Cost – $90 Million
Red Dead Redemption is developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games; Rockstar Games are known for their big budget games. Red Dead Redemption is a third-person perspective game in a western action-adventure world. The player is in a fictionalized version of the Western United States and Mexico. The best part of the game is its visuals and gameplay.
The gameplay is simply beautiful. Red Dead Redemption also uses morality system, so the player’s action can affect the game so while playing this amazing game you have to be careful also. It was developed in $90 Million which is a big amount, but the outcome of the game was also as big as their budget. It has sold over 14 million copies and won several awards. According to many, it is one of the greatest video games of all time.
6. Too Humans
Development Cost – $100 Million
Too Humans is a role-playing action game. It is developed by Silicon Knights and published by Microsoft Studios. Originally it was planned to release the game in 1999 but it got stuck in development hell, and it finally came in 2008. The storyline of the game is amazing; it is retelling you the story of Norse Mythology in a futuristic science-fictional way. The game is in third-person perspective.
The game was never meant to be in the big budget category but due to development hell, the development cost reached $100 Million. It was not a favorite among critics and received mediocre reviews, but in its first month Too Humans sold 168,200 copies, and it was the eight best-selling games during that time.
5. Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Cost – $100 Million
As we know that Rockstar games are known for their big budget games, GTA is one of them. Grand Theft Auto IV was launched in April 2008. It is the eleventh game in the Grand Theft Auto series. For those who don’t know GTA, it is an open world action-adventure game where you freely roam in the city and complete your objectives and missions.
The previous version of GTA, Vice City, and San Andres were a big hit and critically acclaimed, and it made Grand Theft Auto IV much awaited game. Well, keeping their fans hope, the game was a hit and even critics loved it, many critics gave 10 out of 10 to Grand Theft Auto IV. The game is in third-person perspective where you take the character of Niko Bellic in the fictional city “Liberty City.” They spent $100 Million to develop the game and got 3.6 million copies sale in first twenty-four hours. Grand Theft Auto IV was a massive hit, as of July 2013, the game has sold over 25 million copies.
4. Max Payne
Development Cost – $105 Million
Max Payne 3 is one of the most brilliant games and it is also made by the big boys in the gaming industry, Rockstar Games. Max Payne is the third entry in the Max Payne series. It is a third-person shooter game. The story revolves around Max Payne, a former detective who has now become a vigilante after his wife and daughter were murdered.
The game is brilliant with its gameplay, storyline, and mesmerizing visuals. It is said that Max Payne 3 is the “Biggest and Boldest” game in the market. During the development of the game, company sends researchers to research the city San Paulo as the game is based in San Paulo. Max Payne 3 received high sales and in the first week of its release they sold almost 3 million units.
3. Grand Theft Auto V
Development Cost – $137 Million
Grand Theft Auto V was one of the most awaited games in the world; all the previous versions of the game were super hit and also critically acclaimed. Grand Theft Auto V was released on 17th September 2013. Grand Theft Auto V is a first-person or third-person view game; it is set in a fictional state of San Andreas.
The game was made by one of the best developers in the business, Rockstar Games spent nearly $137 Million to make this game, Grand Theft Auto V was widely anticipated and with its aggressive marketing fans were really waiting for it. It created history and broke many records, in its first day the game earned $800 million and $1 Billion in first three days. The game was a hit and critical acclaimed. As of 3rd Feb 2016, Grand Theft Auto V has shipped over 60 million copies across all platforms.
Development Cost – $140 Million
Destiny is a first-person shooter video game which is developed by Bungie and published by Activision. It is an online only shooter game. The game is set in a “mythic science fiction” world with elements of role-playing. The game many modes and many objectives and these are the reason why Destiny is addictive.
When it released it was welcomed with mixed reviews, but it was a huge commercial success, it sold over $500 million at retail and became the biggest new franchise of all time. In 2014, Destiny won BAFTA Award for Best Games. As of September 2014, there have been more than 11 million gameplay sessions just in North America. Destiny also got 20 million registered players.
1.Star Wars: The Old Republic
Development Cost – $200 Million
Star Wars: The Old Republic is an online role-playing game which is based on the Star Wars Universe. It is a massively multiplayer online game. It is considered as “The most expensive Game Ever Developed In The World” with $200 Million spent in its development. It is based on Star Wars and the movie franchise is one of the biggest movie franchises in the world, and its fandom was also seen during the release of this game.
Star Wars: The Old Republic got one million subscribers within three days of its launch. The story is set in the Star Wars Legends Fictional Universe, almost 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games and more than 3600 years before the Star Wars film series. The game got positive reviews by critics and also won many awards.