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BioShock Infinite cost 2K around $200 million, analysts say

Friday, 22nd March 2013 04:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

BioShock Infinite is one of the most expensive games of all time, according to a couple of analysts.

Unnamed analysts told the New York Times that development of BioShock Infinite cost “upward of $100 million”.

That figure doesn’t include marketing, which is believed to come in close to another $100 million.

Although publishers tend to avoid revealing how they break down marketing and development costs per title, estimates generally put Grand Theft Auto 4 – another Take-Two title – as one of the most expensive games ever produced, with a budget of $100 million. Gran Turismo 5, which took five years to make, is believed to have cost about $80 million. Shenmue’s $70 million cost is well-dcumented – and that was in 1999, so it’s probably worth significantly more than that today.

BioShock: Infinite is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 26. That is so. Close.

Thanks, EvilAvatar.

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10 Comments

  1. redwood

    naaah.. a 100 million dollar media/adv campaign means a bigger campaign than halo, which it does not look like right now.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ActionGameKing

    What? I hope they make back that money!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Strabo

    BS. 200 Million if you add the marketing budget, and even this is far too high. The last CoD cost about 50 million in production costs and 200 million in marketing. And a rather smaller company lies down the same for production for a far smaller game?

    To get back 200 million they would have to sell it 15-20 million times or thereabout, maybe more with the rather steep rebates the game is sold everywhere (37 € including three(!) other games).

    #3 1 year ago
  4. The_Red

    A lot of development money was probably wasted on 2 things:
    1. The multiplayer mode that was canned but only after months (Probably a year).
    2. The “vertical slice” demo for that famous E3 demo.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Stardog

    Sounds like nonsense.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Lengendaryboss

    I expect to see great reviews although like @4 said probably wasted money on failed side projects.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Edo

    And the infamous exclusive review from IGN is
    9.4/10 for consoles http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/22/bioshock-infinite-xbox-360ps3-review
    9.5/10 for PC http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/22/bioshock-infinite-pc-review
    I’m guessing the extra 0.1 for the PC version is because it looks better.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Stardog

    @5

    I called it – http://www.develop-online.net/news/43597/Ken-Levine-denies-BioShock-Infinite-cost-200m

    I would guess well less than $100m.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. roadkill

    Hmm that sounds a bit too much. Also, do games really need marketing campaigns of millions of dollars!?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    It cost $500,000 to enlarge Elizibeth’s breasts

    #10 1 year ago

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