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‘GTA 6’ Is Expected To Be The Most Expensive Game Yet, Breaking The Bank

‘GTA 6’ Is Expected To Be The Most Expensive Game Yet, Breaking The Bank

May 17, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Tech News

New RPGs and adventure games are quickly evolving into contemporary blockbusters, with price tags to match, as the video game business has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry with a global audience.

The amount of money needed to create and promote games has grown tremendously, with most AAA titles now having budgets excess of USD$100 million. However, according to recent estimates, the next Grand Theft Auto game may top all others as the most costly video game ever created.

Grand Theft Auto 6, a highly anticipated game by Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software, is expected to have a massive production budget of “USD $1-2 billion” after accounting for marketing expenses, according to Dexerto.

Last year, GTA 6 saw a significant leak that exposed video of the game’s early builds and a tone of incomplete gameplay, prompting Rockstar Games to affirm that it is really working diligently on the following installment. However, the studio hasn’t spoken anything about the incident since then and has maintained total radio quiet about it.

The cost of creating video games has significantly increased in recent years, in part due to the lengthier production cycles and current games’ growing complexity and size. Given Rockstar’s concern with little details and how sophisticated and expansive its games are, GTA 6 is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the decade and there is a potential that it might increase production expenses.

GTA 6 has also been under production for about ten years, and the longer it takes to create a game, the more money it will cost.

For comparison, the outrageous cost of making GTA 5 was believed to be USD$265 million (AUD$396 million) when it was published back in 2013. In spite of its astronomical price tag, GTA 5 surpassed all predictions on launch day, earning nearly USD$800 million (AUD$1.2 billion) in hard currency. And it hasn’t stopped there. The game is still doing well thanks to re-releases for the next generation and the consistently well-liked and expanding GTA Online.

As of 2023, GTA 5 had earned USD$7.7 billion (AUD$11.4 billion) for Take-Two and was still a huge money producer for the business. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a leap to see GTA 6 approaching or even exceeding the billion-dollar threshold given those figures. Prepare yourselves, people!

Star Citizen, a crowdfunded game that has managed to accrue around half a billion dollars since 2012, is currently the most costly game in the world. It’s wise to approach any information about GTA 6’s budget with a healthy grain of cynicism because Rockstar Games hasn’t verified any of it and much of it is just conjecture based on the information available.


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