The Internet Isn’t Happy About The Rumoured GTA 6 Price Tag
— 5 September 2023

The Internet Isn’t Happy About The Rumoured GTA 6 Price Tag

— 5 September 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Following the leak that indicated Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) may cost Rockstar Games $2 billion to develop, there are now rumours that the long-awaited AAA title will come with a $150 price tag.

While $2 billion aligns with the assertions of inside sources on previous occasions — the ongoing discussion actually places the necessary expenditure as somewhere between $1 billion and $2 billion — by all accounts, the retail figure has yet to be officially confirmed by Rockstar Games itself.

But as anyone who’s spent any time online will tell you, misinformation has never slowed an idea’s momentum — it certainly hasn’t stopped the still-hypothetical prospect of paying a $150 price for GTA 6 from spreading (however erroneous it may be).

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Prior to this revelation, pundits and industry commentators alike had anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 would soon become history’s most expensive video game.

Considering the sheer cultural magnitude of every Grand Theft Auto instalment’s arrival, what is also rumoured to be a staggeringly expansive map, and based on precedents set by past GTA games, the hefty marketing investment ahead, we’re inclined to agree. Although if it manages to recreate the financial success of Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar Games can breathe easy.

For reference, GTA 5 earned over $800 million on launch day alone and continues to rake it in through both next-gen reissues and GTA Online a decade after release. In fact, according to Take-Two accountants, the title has generated nearly $7.7 billion to date.

Will Grand Theft Auto 6 Be History's Most Expensive Video Game?

At the time of this writing, the most expensive games of all time are as follows (development budgets only):

  1. Star Citizen — $543 million [Cloud Imperium Games]
  2. Destiny — $500 million [Activision Blizzard]
  3. Cyberpunk 2077 — $316 million [CD Projekt SA]
  4. Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare — $250 million [Activision Blizzard]
  5. Final Fantasy VII — $145 million [Square Enix]

[Note: All $$$ = USD]

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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