The price of growing AAA video games continues to balloon at a fast fee, with most main video games being launched now costing upwards of $100 million on the very least, and at tims much more. Two pretty current main releases by Sony, in reality, value greater than twice as a lot.
The knowledge comes, funnily sufficient, by a poorly redacted doc submitted by Sony as a part of the continuing Microsoft vs FTC trial. Although components of the textual content within the doc are blanked out, the redacted textual content remains to be seen and readable. You’ll be able to view it under (through journalist Tom Warren on Twitter).
As per the doc, Horizon Forbidden West, which launched in 2022, had a growth finances of $212 million. Its growth lasted 5 years, working from 2017 to 2022, with Guerrilla using over 300 full-time workers at peak headcount. In the meantime, the event of 2020’s The Final of Us Half 2, which ran from 2014 to 2020, value over $220 million, with Naughty Canine using over 200 full-time workers on the peak of manufacturing.
The doc additionally appears to point that these prices had been associated to manufacturing solely, and didn’t embody expenditure on issues akin to advertising.
Again in 2021, former Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shawn Layden – who left Sony in 2019 – mentioned that the place all main AAA PS4 exclusives had had growth prices of over $100 million, these prices would seemingly be twice as a lot for PS5 titles. Learn extra on that by right here.
Sony did nice job on the doc redactions… not 🙃 https://t.co/aPQgk9JU8L pic.twitter.com/5rJQbZbbd0
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 28, 2023