Let’s Talk Games: How Much Did It Cost To Make Vs How Much It Made

It is always interesting, at least to me, to see a game’s numbers in terms of financial costs. And I am sure others are interested in that part of game development too.

Some games cost an x amount of money but did not make the same amount when they launched, and some games made double the money when they were released. In the late hours, I stumbled upon a piece of very interesting information that showed the exact numbers of total cost versus the amount of money made after a game was released, so I decided to share it with you.

The first game that caught my attention was Red Dead Redemption 2. The game supposedly cost from $370 million to $570 million to make, and after its release, it made around $1.38 billion back in 2018. The next game, which is a fan-favourite is Uncharted 4. This game needed $40 million to be completed, and after its release, it made around $1 billion.

And the best of them all, Marvel Spider-Man. This game cost $100 million to be developed, and when it was released, it made a whopping $6.8 billion. Wow, what a number. The game that caused the most controversy around its release is Elden Ring. This game had mixed opinions coming from the public, but that brought in $6.85 billion, while it cost $200 million to be made.

I almost forgot to mention the one that baffled me the most. Fortnite needed $300k to be developed, and as you can see, other games’ numbers went into millions, even billions. However, when Fortnite was released, it made more than $10 million. Yes, you read that right, 10 million dollars.

If you have any other information like this, please share it with us in the comments below. And also, which game is worth the numbers? Why?

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Ivana Kachurova

Fresh out-of-uni writer, with a passion for gaming (a girl that likes games?!) and technology, as the newest addition to the FGR family, she will make sure to keep up with the latest news happening in the gaming community and report to you as fast as she can. Faster than The Flash. As an absolute fan of Shakespeare (the greatest human being, duh) you might find her where the gaming world and the literature world collide. The best of both worlds.

One Comment

  1. How could Spider-Man have made 6.8$ billion, when it sold just over 33 million copies. The figure is the total sum of Playstation revenue, not just a single game!

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