GTA V Will Be The Most Expensive Video Game Ever Made

By: Kyle Lawrence

Grand Theft Auto V, the fifth game in the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, is being released next week, and is set to be the most expensive, and most profitable, video game ever made.

Grand Theft Auto is a long running video game series that made its start on the Playstation as a top down driving game. Since then the series has evolved to feature some of the largest worlds and most advanced technology in gaming today. The Grand Theft Auto series has also suffered its fair share of controversies in the past for its excessively mature themes, including a feature known as “Hot Coffee” in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, which was an unlockable sex mini-game. Now, the series is once again in the spotlight, but not for sex or violence, but for its budget.

At a reported 170 million pounds (equivalent to approximately $266,917,000) in development and marketing costs, Grand Theft Auto V has a budget that rivals many Hollywood blockbuster films. The last video game to hold the biggest budget title was the previous game in the series, Grand Theft Auto 4.

Not only that, but the game is expected by industry experts to make 1 billion pounds (approximately $1,570,100,000). If pre-orders alone are any indication, Grand Theft Auto V is set to make its budget back on release. Confidence in the game’s sales has caused Take-Two Interactive’s (the parent company of Rockstar, creators of the game) share price to double. Grand Theft Auto V will be available on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on the 17th.


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  • With such a huge budget, I think Grand Theft Auto 5 fans should have high expectations. However, if the recent GTA V trailer videos are anything to go by, then this game is going to be impressive. There is a lot to look forward to with this release, so I can’t wait for the September 17th launch.

  • Triple A games are known to be expensive to produce, but who could have thought that the costs could go so high? With such a massive budget, GTA V should be of high quality. From the trailer videos that have been released in the past months, it is quite clear that Rockstar will provide gamers with largest open game world to explore. So I can’t wait to add this edition to my collection, especially now that it has made history as one of the most expensive video games ever made.