How Much Did It Cost to Make GTA V
It’s no shocker that Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular and iconic video game franchises in existence today. When the franchise added GTA V to its wildly successful family of games, it was well on its way to breaking records and catching the attention of gamers all across the globe. GTA V was on pace to outsell the entire music industry in 2013. That year the entire global music industry was reportedly making an average of $1.4 billion a month but in just three days GTA V had already soared beyond the $1 billion mark.
While the astonishing success of the latest Grand Theft Auto game was exciting to watch from afar, there was far more pressure on the game to sell the way it did from a developer perspective. Making a game that looks great, has a ton of content that includes an insanely massive map, has a great story, features great voice acting, touts incredible gameplay, and can keep its community happily hooked and amazed for four years and counting is no cheap feat. GTA V Art Director Aaron Garbut revealed that the game costs roughly $265 million to develop and market. This price makes GTA V one of the most expensive games to make of all time as it only competes with the likes of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Old Republic had a development budget of $200 million and that number didn’t include any of the marketing costs.