10 Most Expensive Video Games Ever Developed

Last Updated by Ravinder 27-Jul-2021

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When we say the word “VIDEO GAME”, things that come to our mind are fun, enjoyment and timepass. But have we ever thought that how big this industry is? Let us give you a little idea, in the year 2020 video games generate $150 billion in sales worldwide. The video game industry is no longer a small focused market but it has become a mainstream industry. So today we are going to talk about the 10 most expensive video games ever developed. 

1. Grand Theft Auto V 

Total Budget: $265 million

Developer: Rockstar North, Rockstart Games

Genre: Action Adventure

Release Year: 2013

Grand Theft Auto V or GTA V is the most expensive game ever developed to this date. GTA V has a huge budget of $265 million and took 5 years to develop. With its superb graphics and storyline, GTA V became a huge success. Grand Theft Auto V made $1 billion in the first 3 days of its release and to this date, the game is making good money for the company.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Total Budget: $250 million

Developer: Infinity Ward

Genre: First-person Shooter

Release Year: 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is still the most expensive game in the COD series with a huge budget of $250 million. Call of duty: Modern Warfare 2 was first named Call of Duty 6 that was later changed by its publisher Activision. The game made $310 million in the first 24 hours of its release in the UK and USA. 

3. Star Wars: The Old Republic

Total Budget: $200 million

Developer: BioWare Austin

Genre: Multiple Online Role-playing Game

Release Year: 2011

Star Wars: The Old Republic is an online role-playing game based on the story and characters from the Star Wars movie franchise. They had a budget of $200 million and had already made over a billion dollars in lifetime sales. Star Wars: The Old Republic had over one million subscribers in the first 24 hours of the game release.

4. Star Citizen

Total Budget: $180 million

Developer: Cloud Imperium Games

Genre: Multiple Online Role-playing Game, First-person Shooter

Release Year: 2015

Star Citizen was announced in 2010 and keep release in 2015 for testing to pre-purchase. Star Citizen is the biggest crowdfunded project in the gaming industry and they have raised more than $400 million in crowdfunding to this date. This game is still under development and the company is still taking money but failing to deliver on its promises. We all hope that we got to see the complete game soon.

5. Destiny

  • Total Budget: $140 million
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Genre: Online First-person Shooter
  • Release Year: 2014

Destiny is an online first-person shooter game with more than 25 million registered users. Destiny has a budget of $140 million and had made more than $1 billion in sales in the first year of its release. Destiny 2 has been launched as its successor in 2017.

6. Shadow of The Tomb Raider

Total Budget: $125 million

Developer: Eidos-Montreal

Genre: Action Adventure

Release Year: 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is second in series of reboot games and has a huge improvement over its predecessor with a huge budget of $125 million. The game received a great rating over all the platforms .i.e PC, PS4 and Xbox respectively 77, 75 and 82. 

7. Dead Space

Total Budget: $120 million

Developer: Electronic Arts

Genre: Survival Horror

Release Year: 2008

Dead Space is part of a fantasy book and game series. Dead Space was released in 2008 and sold 1 million copies in its first year. Dead Space was not a commercial success and didn’t do as per the developer's expectations. The game has 2 more games in the series Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3.

8. Halo 2