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GTA V cost £170 million, most expensive game of all time


Grand Theft Auto 5 is the most expensive game in history, with a whopping total of £170 Million spent to develop and promote the game.

According to a report by The Scotsman, Rockstar's GTA 5 has a budget of £170 million, although it seems to be working since there are already 2.5 million pre-orders ahead of its September 17 launch.

We'd imagine Rockstar will make it's money back fairly easily. 

What do you think of the development costs? 

Edited On 09 Sep, 2013

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Im Going Space 3 years ago
That's a lot. and they will guaranteed get their money back. id like to see the figures on destiny, since that has been in Dev since at LEAST 2005.
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3shirts 3 years ago
It's already made the money back just in pre-orders!
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Kaysar 3 years ago
May just have to splash out on this game sometime then. Probably on the Xbox as I fear the PS3 will be the console making way for the PS4 when it arrives. Must admit, I wasn't interested in GTA V after taking a disliking to IV (or not be enthralled by it at least). However, the hype is certainly luring me back.
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Dead 3 years ago
I heard they saved some money by paying half the voice actors in crack and prostitutes.
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Im Going Space 3 years ago
wheres the like button on comments :P
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
GTA 5 will have a long drop off as in it will keep on selling for years, hell GTA 4 is still selling
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
see why this cost this much stunning looking game , hope it destroys saint row after the buggy and boring no 4
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Whitey 3 years ago
No they haven't made that money back in pre-orders. Going by ShopTo's quote of 2.5 million pre-orders so far, and going by the retail price of the game, that would only be £100 million. But they would make even less as they do not get all of the retail value back. They would need to sell about 5 million copies to earn the money back with some profit.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
5 million is nothing to GTA
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superniceguy 3 years ago
It is close between GTA IV and SWTOR. If you look at SWTOR page on Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Old_Republic) it states that SWTOR was 2nd to GTA IV, with SWTOR being between $150m and $200m (£127m) and GTA IV had a budget of $260m (£165m), but if you look at the GTA IV page on Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Theft_Auto_IV) it states that SWTOR was higher than GTA IV, with GTA IV costing $100m (£63.6m). Some sites were even saying that SWTOR actually cost $300-$500 million!
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Whitey 3 years ago
Well I expect it would cost a lot to use the Star Wars license. Thing with GTA, they don't use any real brands and cars so they don't have to pay out for licensing.
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superniceguy 3 years ago
That is true. The other thing is that EA no doubt counted on the subs too which GTA does not have, and has to rely on box sales alone.
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Brain In A Jar 3 years ago
Yes they'll make their money back IF the reviews are good at launch, and I've seen nothing yet to make me think they won't be, If they can match the success of GTA IV (over 25 million copies sold according to Wikipedia) they'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
IF? There is no doubt in my mind that GTA V will be one of the most well received games of this generation
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Whitey 3 years ago
GTA IV sold over 25 million? I'm sure I looked on Wikipedia and couldn't see the units sold figure. Also, it's obvious GTA V will do very well, no matter how many people say GTA IV was crap, it was still a huge hit, as with every GTA game.
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Robichoico 3 years ago
Why do people keep getting the idea that GTA V will have made the money back in pre-orders. It's 2.5 million. Tomb Raider sold more than that and was considered a flop and didn't cost as much as this. I'm saying 5-7 million at least to break even. It'll hit that no doubt. But not nearly as much back compared to other titles that sell just as well with lower budgets
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The only game that I can think of that was profitable before release was Payday 2
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Whitey 3 years ago
Really? Didn't think it did that well.
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Robichoico 3 years ago
Pokemon X + Y have over 1 million pre-orders in Japan alone. Can easily see it being another million the rest of the world. considering they needed 250,000 sales to make Fire Emblem Awakening profitable I think it's safe to say that Pokemon will have smash that by now.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It costs significantly less money to develop a handheld game
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
just a reminder i am looking for people on gta v who want to join a crew on ps3 only let me know , fun times to be had good players wanted
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matt 3 years ago
Is it true nobody is dispatching until the 16th?
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Daniel 3 years ago
Rockstar put in a request that UK retailer aren't to dispatch the game earlier than the 16th of September. Not sure about Shopto though.
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Healey 3 years ago
People who say 'they haven't made their money back on pre orders' and say 'they have to have double that' They might need a few more but not double, you forget the special and collectors edition which would make up quite a lot so I dont think they would need as much as people are saying, also I bet they will make over 3 or 4 times their money back, as COD make 1billion dollars EVERY year, EVERY SINGLE game, and that is YEARLY, and people have been waiting for years for GTA so people will be more hyped so I think they will make over $1billion by the end of the games life span. (Just my opinion)

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