The Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made


The Cost of Video games is rising and developing bigger consistently. Game vendors are spending extravagantly on developing games, the bigger the project, the more resources. We have seen movies that have cost millions of dollars to make and some of these gaming companies have spent several million on their development, marketing, and advertisement.

Look at these games that ended up costing more than $100 million each!


Destiny (2014)

Development cost: $140 million

Total cost: $500 million

Developer/publisher: Bungie / Activision

Destiny is the most expensive video game of all times. It is an online-only shooter game, features an immensely multiplayer game. It was a huge commercial success, selling over $500 million in retail and becoming the largest new franchise ever.


Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

Development cost: $137 million

Marketing Cost: $128 million

Grand Total cost: $265 million

Developer/publisher: Rockstar North / Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V is the second most expensive game to develop. It is an expensive and uniquely designed video game of all times. The game features 3 dissimilar characters entwined into a single storyline.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Development Cost: $50 million

Marketing Cost: $200 million

Grand Total Cost: $250

Developer/publisher: Infinity Ward / Activision

Call of duty Modern Warfare 2 is among the most costly video games to have been launched. The game’s praise mainly stemmed from its in-built multiplayer feature.


Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)

Development Cost: $200 million

Marketing Cost: Undisclosed

Grand Total Development Cost: $200 million

Developer/publisher: BioWare / Electronic Arts, LucasArts

The Old Republic is among the most recognized multiplayer video games to have ever been created. It is an online role-playing game based on the Star Wars universe with its massively multiplayer online game.


Dead Space 2 (2008)

Development cost: $60 million

Marketing Cost: $60 million

Grand Total cost: $120 million

Developer/publisher: Visceral Games / Electronic Arts

Dead Space 2 is a science fiction survival horror genre. It has a multiplayer mode, pitting human characters against necromorphs across the Sprawl.


Halo 2 (2004)

Development cost: $40 million

Marketing cost: $80 million

Total cost:  $120 million

Developer/publisher: Bungie / Microsoft Studios

Halo 2 is a first-person shooter game.  The game features a new game engine, added weapons and vehicles, and new multiplayer maps. The game shipped with global multiplayer matchmaking via Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.

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