The Ten Most Expensive Games Cost More Than $2 Billion

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The past decade or so game budgets have ballooned and now often rival those of an average Hollywood movie, and according to AllTime10s, these are the most expensive of the bunch.


10. Deadpool — $102,100,246
9. Unreleased Halo MMO — $103,242,337
8. Max Payne 3 — $108, 776,623
7. Red Dead Redemption — $109,078,902
6. Too Human — $110,473,147
5. Star Wars: The Old Republic — $211,481,334
4. Final Fantasy VII — $214,481,334
3. Grand Theft Auto V — $275,568,302
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — $277,168,973
1. Destiny — $500,000,000

Did any of these entries surprise you at all? I'll admit, I did not expect Deadpool to be here, and I'm hoping most of that cost was marketing and licensing because it sure wasn't worth that price tag.


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I'm surprised about Deadpool mostly because I didn't realize that game had such a big budget attached to it (again, probably a big part of that is marketing/licensing, but still).

The one I'm really surprised by is Final Fantasy VII. Yeah, I realize it was a big budget game and with inflation the budget would be scary large, but I didn't realize it would be in the top 5 of all AAA game budgets. How does that compare to VIII and IX? Heck, how does that compare to XIII? It just seems crazy that a game as early and unpolished as FFVII would have such a big budget. Then again, I guess it makes sense that it would have such a huge budget since I'm sure Square had to invest in a lot of new technology & pipelines to develop what was effectively a new type of game at the time.