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Old 09-08-2013, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

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Based on a report from Scottish newspaper The Scotsman, Rockstar’s upcoming open-world game Grand Theft Auto V was made on a marketing and development budget of £170 million (or $265 million). This makes it the most expensive video game production in history. In comparison with Hollywood films, it is second only to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - the current record-holder for the most expensive film production – which had a $300 million budget.

In development for the past five years, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar have put everything into making sure GTA V is the greatest open-world game ever. With over 2.5 million pre-orders already in just the US, analysts are expecting it to be one of the most-sold games of this console generation. GTA IV has so far sold over 25 million copies; how well will GTA V do?
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Five years in the making, the game’s development and marketing budget of £170 million is the equivalent of a blockbuster film. Such is the success of the series, industry experts believe its latest incarnation will rewrite the record books, shifting 25 million copies in the first year alone, achieving sales of £1bn.

“By any sort of commercial scale, Grand Theft Auto is easily Scotland’s largest cultural export ever. The series has sold something like 135 million copies so far,” said Brian *Baglow, who worked as a writer on the first GTA game and now runs the Scottish Games Network, an umbrella body for the nation’s games sector. “It’s coming up to 17 years since GTA began and it’s become something I don’t think anyone involved with the original gamewould have expected.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - the current record-holder for the most expensive film production – which had a $300 million budget.
Wait, what?

Anyways, I'm sure all the money went into including Golf and such. Hell, it's got so many minigames that you might as well buy it over actual sports games.
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

Yeah I was more surprised hearing that about Pirates than GTA lol
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

Rockstar is swinging for the fences on this one. The last GTA sold well but its reception wasn't so great once the hype wore off. They're trying to recapture that same mass appeal other GTAs, like San Andreas, achieved. Makes me wanna buy it to see for myself.

I read the other day that they paid real gang members to do voice work for the background npcs on the streets. Keeping it real, yo.
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

I read somewhere that pre-orders have already covered the production and marketing cost.
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

A friend is getting this day one. Lets hope its worth it!
I dont know what the hate was about with GTA IV. I thought it delivered.
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

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I read somewhere that pre-orders have already covered the production and marketing cost.
From the numbers in first post that would mean the pre-orders would have to be $106 each.

I think it is more likely that half of their costs have already been covered by pre-orders.
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From the numbers in first post that would mean the pre-orders would have to be $106 each.

I think it is more likely that half of their costs have already been covered by pre-orders.
Well there are 3 editions from what I can tell

$150 collector's edition
$80 special edition
$60 normal edition

I doubt they made back everything in pre-orders as well, but they did make a crap ton already.

You're going to get a good deal of people buying the collector's edition who have no intention of ever playing it who will sit on it for a while and then try to sell it for more money when it becomes rare. There are also people who will buy the collectors edition just to put in on a shelf and the normal edition to actually play.
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With the hype this game is getting I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the collectors editions sold out already.
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

GTA 5 pulls in $800M in one day, nears record | Polygon

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Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take-Two Interactive tallied $800 million in sales on the game's first day of release, the company estimates.
That's the highest launch-day total for any GTA game and any game in Take-Two history, according to internal estimates. Grand Theft Auto 5 launched yesterday, Sept. 17, on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 worldwide, except in Japan and Brazil, where it will be released soon.

Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 currently holds the record as the entertainment release that was the quickest to reach the $1 billion mark — last November, Black Ops 2 grossed $1 billion within 15 days of launch, one day faster than 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and two days faster than the 2009 film Avatar. Black Ops 2 pulled in more than $500 million on its launch day.
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Lol they made almost 4 times the cost of the game in one day.
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Re: Grand Theft Auto V cost $265M USD to make

Estmating it will be $1billion within a week.
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