With just 6 days until Rockstar’s grand crime epic Grand Theft Auto 5, it’s looking to be one of the biggest game releases this year since Bioshock Infinite released in March and Sony’s swan song to the PS3, The Last Of Us, released in June. Expected to offer over 100 hours of gameplay, and said to have real life gangsters to do voice overs, a staff of over 300 designers, artists, programmers, mappers and modelers, not to mention marketing and licensing, we’d expect Rockstar’s latest crime masterpiece to cost a pretty penny. But just how much did Grand Theft Auto 5 actually cost? According to a source at The Scotsman, GTA V is looking to be the most expensive video game ever produced, sitting at a development and marketing budget of $265 million USD. The massive budget for this game dwarfs budgets for other big name titles such as Star Wars: The Old Republic with a budget of $200 Million. To put into simple perspective, here is a short list of the most expensive video games to come out thus far by estimation:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: $200,000,000
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: $100,000,000
  • Red Dead Redemption: $100,000,000
  • Disney Infinity: $100,000,000
  • Gran Turismo 5: $80,000,000
  • Shenmue: $70,000,000
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: $60,000,000
  • Too Human: $60,000,000
  • Halo 3: $55,000,000
  • L.A. Noire: $50,000,000

GTA 5’s grand budget also rivals that of Hollywood blockbuster budgets, such as “Avatar’s” $237 million budget and Disney film “Tangled’s” $260 million budget. The only known Hollywood production to be able to beat this number was Gore Verbinski’s swashbuckling epic “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” at $300 million. Grand Theft Auto 5 is predicted to make 1 billion Euro in one year or $1.57 billion USD, and Rockstar is commanding that it makes $1 billion before the year is over. That’s a pretty tall order, but the parent company Take Two Interactive is confident that the game will sell like crazy. Rumor even states that with preorders alone, Rockstar has already made the money back.

GTA V is set for release on September 17th next week for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It looks like The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite are going to have a hard road to run toward a Game of the Year Award. Did you already ask for time off from work to play GTA V? Have you told your friends already about your absence from society and the outside world due to the time committed to playing GTA V? What do you think of the budget? Will Rockstar deliver on all of their promises and show us a game worth a quarter billion dollars?

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