[UPDATE] Report: BioShock: Infinite cost roughly $200 million
- Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 08:52 EDT by Mike Harradence
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Those of you who thought the $200 million claim was a tad exorbitant can take comfort the knowledge it was indeed false. Ken Levine, the creator of the BioShock franchise and co-founder of Irrational Games, took to Twitter to debunk the report:
"200 million for Infinite? Did someone send some checks to the wrong address?" wrote Levine.
Irrational Games’ BioShock: Infinite is reported to have cost 2K around $200 million.
That’s according to unnamed analysts speaking with the New York Times, who said that development of the shooter cost “upward of $100 million.”
It’s worth noting this does not include marketing costs, which supposedly adds roughly another $100 million to the game’s total.
This makes BioShock: Infinite one of the most expensive videogames ever conceived. By comparison, Grand Theft Auto IV is estimated to have a budget of $100 million (again, this is minus marketing), while Gran Turismo 5 cost around $80 million.
Dreamcast cult hit Shenmue is another well-document title in regards to development costs, totalling $70 million back in 1999. At the time, it was the most expensive videogame ever made.
BioShock: Infinite hits stores on March 26. PSU.com will have our review up early next week, so stay tuned.
- 8:26am EDT - March 22nd, 2013
I don't believe that, they are clearly lying. 200million total they spent on that game? I call hogwash. Games costing this much to make, If this is true then I don't see how they are going to make that money back.
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- 8:34am EDT - March 22nd, 2013
Call me naive but 150 staff, on $50K salaries, for 6 years is.... 45million. i don't know how many people were working on this or for how long but how on Earth could they have spent so much!?
- 7:44am EDT - March 23rd, 2013
no way, dont believe it for a sec
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