GTA IV The Most Expensive Game Ever Made?

by Ben Reeves on Feb 25, 2010 at 05:48 AM

We knew that video game budgets were getting high, but even we were a bit surprised by some of the numbers came up with when it compiled a top 10 list of the most expensive games ever produced. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV topped out the list.

We don’t know how accurate some of these numbers are, but we’ve seen similar lists in the past that seem to corroborate this info. GTA IV hit the number one slot with a supposed budget of $100,000,000. Since the game was in development for more than three years and had around a 1,000 people in the credits it wouldn’t be too shocking.

The rest of the list is has a few surprises, however:

2. Gran Turismo 5: $80 million
3. Shenmue, $70 million
4. Too Human, $60+ million
5. Metal Gear Solid 4, $60 million
6. Halo 3, $55 million
7. APB, $50 million
8. LA Noire: $50 million
9. Final Fantasy XII: $48 million
10. Killzone 2: $45 million

Given the rising costs of production and inflation it’s only a matter of time before someone surpasses that number, but it could be a long while before another game tops the list. Could it be GTA V? Anyone want to place bets?