Gaming is an industry that has been growing at a breakneck pace over the past few years, so it is no surprise that the budgets of many videogames are now exceeding major Hollywood blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most expensive videogames ever made. The costs listed are adjusted for 2016 inflation rates to give you a better feel for the cost of older games.
10. Deadpool – 2013 – $100M, adjusted to $102M
High Moon Studios spent $100 million to develop this game in 2013, which would amount to $102 million today. Despite the fact that Deadpool is a ridiculously fun game, it never became a commercial success. To make matters worse, contractual issues caused it to be pulled off of Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
9. Max Payne 3 – 2012 – $105M, adjusted to $108M
In 2012, Max Payne 3 cost $105 million, equivalent nowadays to $108 million. Within the first week, the game sold 3 million units. Despite this seemingly strong start, it was nowhere near the target of 4 million units which Rockstar hoped to sell. It took a year to actually reach that goal.
8. Red Dead Redemption – 2010 – $80M-100M, adjusted to $109M
Now, here is a game that cost an arm and a leg to make which actually went on to become a massive success. Red Dead Redemption 2 is being developed right now. Will the sequel also cost a ton of money to make? Almost certainly—but it should also be a huge hit.
7. Too Human – 2008 – $100M, adjusted to $110M
How many gamers have even heard of Too Human? When Silicon Knights developed this game in 2008, they spent $100 million, equivalent today to $110 million. The reviews for the finished game were middling, and after 30 months, the game only managed to sell 700,000 copies. Ouch.
6. Grand Theft Auto IV – 2008 – $100M, adjusted to $110M
2008 was a year for expensive games! Grand Theft Auto IV cost $100 million to make that year as well, but obviously did a lot better than Too Human. In fact, within 24 hours of release, the game had sold 3.6 million copies, raking in $310 million—quite a good payoff on that huge initial investment. It shattered three Guinness World Records, becoming the highest-grossing game in 24 hours, the fastest-selling game in 24 hours, and the game that generated the highest revenue in that time period.