Burning through Money – Top Ten Most Expensive Video Games to Develop [Updated]
You probably know the budget of some big-budget films like Avatar, which is over 500 million. But how much money will be invested in developing a video game? Regardless of the return on the investment, the following developers did take out a large amount of money in order to both make and promote their games as perfectly as possible. Check out what the budget of the game you are playing is.
No. 10 – Shenmue (Dreamcast)
Cost: $47 million
High production costs do not always mean good return. Shenmue, developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega for the Dreamcast, experienced disappointing sales. At the Game Developers Conference in 2011 Yu Suzuki stated that it cost $47 million to develop and market. Apart from the sales, the game still got lots of good reception.