As video games get bigger and bigger, video game budgets get bigger and bigger, too. But which games have the biggest budgets?
The sticky part of video game budgets is that some developers will not confirm the actual budgets, and there is some speculation in these numbers. But here, according to website DigitalBattle.com, here are the hugest of the huge:
10. Killzone 2: US$45 million
Most estimates put the budget at $US45 million, but higher estimates put the budget at over €41 million or $US56 million.
9. Final Fantasy XII: $US48 million
The game's budget was $US48 million - without marketing costs. As Digital Battle points out, there are rumours that Final Fantasy XIII had a 50 per cent higher budget.
8. L.A. Noire: $US50 million
Tom Crago, the then president of Game Developers' Association of Australia, cited Noire as "one of the most expensive games in development today". Developed in Australia, Noire has been given a massive budget.
7. APB: $US50 million
In development for five years now, the game officially has a budget of $US50 million.
6. Halo 3: $US55 million
According to Digital Battle, the budget was in the neighbourhood of $US55 million, excluding the $US200 million Microsoft spent on developing the game.
5. Metal Gear Solid 4: $US60 million
Digital Battle puts the budget at $US60 million, which it says was shared between Konami and Sony. The game was in development for four years.
4. Too Human: $US60 million plus
Eons in development, platform and engine switching. Too Human was too expensive.
3. Shenmue: $US70 million
This Dreamcast game held the most expensive game budget record for almost ten years.
2. Gran Turismo 5: $US80 million
In development for over 5 years, the official budget was $US60 million. In 2008.
1. Grand Theft Auto 4: $US100 million
Top 10 most expensive video games budgets ever [Digital Battle]