Gaming since entering the main stream system has become one of the most profitable investments and there for has encouraged many developers and publishers to go beyond their financial limits in order to create the perfect entertainment. The following list comprises the games with the Highest Budget and their respective sales. Check out TrendyMatter’s List of top 10 highest budget games in the gaming industry.
10: TOO HUMAN
With the work that took Silicon Knights nearly 10 years and an investment worth $100 million, Too Human was released on August 19, 2008 for the Xbox 360. The game had to face immediate criticism from many critics such as GameDaily who called Too Human the “Underperformer of the Year” saying, “we expected the years of development time to turn out something better than this.” The game only sold 700,000 copies and thus was a massive failure.
9: Tomb Rider
The reboot of Tomb Rider in 2013 cost Square Enix $100 million, with its release Tomb Raider received critical acclaim, with most critics agreeing that it was a solid and long-overdue reboot for the franchise. However the game failed to meet many expectations.As of June 2014, Tomb Raider has sold over 6.5 million units, leaving the game with good profits.
8: Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 was a risky investment by RockStar Games as Old Western type games don’t often make profits but the developers solid $100 million did not go to waste as the game sold 13 million copies. GameRankings assigned it an average review score of 95% and 94% for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, respectively.
7: Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV was the first game in the franchise in high-definition, and the upgrade in graphics cost Rockstar $100 million to create. The game shattered sales records when it made $500 million in its first week.
6: Max Payne 3
Rock Stars Max Payne 3 cost the studio a massive $103 Million which was actually considered by many to be a lofty budget!!. The game received positive reviews through out with many praising its game play. According to Take-Two Interactive, Max Payne 3 shipped approximately 3 million units in its first week. In the first month, the game sold 440,000 units in the United States. One year after the release, the game had managed to sell 4 million copies.
5: Final Fantasy VII
Released in 1997 with a budget of nearly $145 Million the Final Fantasy VII was the original blockbuster of the time. Having been received with almost all positive reviews, the game managed to sell around 10 Million units and is regarded as a pearl in the gaming history.
4: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty is one of the most popular video game franchises of all-time, but no game in the series cost more than the $150 million spent on “Modern Warfare 2.” The game was guaranteed success, so the budget is not too shocking.
3: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic was the most expensive game ever created at the time of its release in 2011 with a budget of $200 million. The MMORPG game had over 1 million subscribers in the first three days of release, so its safe to assume the investment paid off.
2: Grand Auto Theft V
Among the list now comes a game that broke records in the entertainment industry, three days after release, the GTA V had surpassed one billion dollars in sales, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history. Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game in September, representing over 50% of software sales and boosting overall software sales by 52% compared to September 2012. Its budget equals $265 million.
Destiny is an upcoming game from Bungie and Activision that is set to release in September 2014. Early reviews have been good, but it will take some time to determine if the $500 million investment was a smart decision. However keeping in view the overwhelming pre-order sales one might expect a lot from this next-gen game. The Destiny’s beta extremely successful and the final game will do well. Its just a matter for time to find out as Destiny is ready to launch in under a month’s time.
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