God Of War III Cost Was $44 Million: "Right Within Budget"
There's little doubt that God of War III will generate tremendous revenue (based on huge pre-order numbers and review scores alone), but SCEA will definitely need that return on their investment.
Not that they're horribly over budget, or anything. According to what director of production development John Hight told Giant Bomb in a recent interview, the final installment in this memorable trilogy cost $44 million to make, but that's still "right within budget." Thing is, they required that amount of cash to fund the team of 132 (more than double the staff of 60 that worked on GoWII) to handle the giant upgrade in visuals and art, and such projects can get mighty expensive. On the other hand, bear in mind that some sources estimated GoWIII took around $100 million to create, and we know Gran Turismo 5's budget is hovering around $60 million. We also won't be surprised in the least if we learn that Grand Theft Auto V will take upwards of $100 million to complete, so in reality, it's all a matter of perspective. It also depends a lot on the game in question; Sony likely wasn't too worried about funding this project, because the chances of it not paying off were extremely low. God of War is God of War, after all. But handing a chunk of money to Quantic Dream for Heavy Rain must've been far more nerve-rattling. New IP, ambitious concept...
Thankfully, the latter gamble seems to have paid off and GoWIII is bound to make some serious cash. We'll see about the sales numbers when the month is over but until then, expect a rush of gamers at the stores when the game hits next week.
Related Game(s): God of War III
3/9/2010 10:51:31 AM Ben Dutka