Halo 4 Has Cost Microsoft More Money Than Any Title To Date

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DancingJesus
#1
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/10/25/spencer-halo-4-is-microsofts-most-expensive-game/


Halo 4 is the most expensive game Microsoft has ever made, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer tells Polygon. It is "absolutely" the most money Microsoft has ever spent developing a game, he says. "Nothing's even close."

Estimates for development costs of Halo 3 average out at $60 million, and that was including a massive marketing budget of about $30 million. Halo 3: ODST ended up bringing in more than $170 million in its first 24 hours on the market. Overall, Halo is a $3 billion franchise, Spencer says.
Hopefully the game's quality matches its cost.
 
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kittens

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#13
Marketing budget was wasted, honestly. They could've given me the game early and I would've told GAF how awesome it is. Word of mouth. That's how it works these days. #halo4iscoolyoushouldbuyit
 

Tomat

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#18
Is Halo 4 even doing anything different than previous Halo games, or is it just another Halo with prettier graphics?
 
#19
Eh, im not expecting anything great. I mean people have beaten the leak already in 5 hours and i havent heard the internet buzzing about how brilliant it is...

Im expecting solid 8's and decent sales. Im unsure whether the sales will match prior halo games.
 
#25
It's had what a 3 year development time with a staff of at least 200 ? well, that's gotta be close to 50 or 60 million just based on $90,000 a year salaries. Then consider the promotional materials cost and yeah, 100 million doesn't seem far fetched at all. Activision must spend 100-150 million annually on call of duty these days so it's not an unheard of budget , especially when call of duty sells north of 8 million copies at full price. Not a huge return on investment but a safe one- 300 million in revenue on a single game within 3 months.


I'm going to go ahead and guess microsoft is anticipating sales of 10 million by the end of 2013 , coupled with DLC sales as well as people buying new 360's. It's worth more to the xbox brand then simply being a new halo game.
 
#30
I really hope it turns out well. I'm really surprised to see the visuals they were able to produce on the 360. Hopefully the sandbox combat is still enjoyable. That's the real reason I come to these games.
 
#31
Remember everyone laughing when Bungie said Halo 3 production costs where $30 million.
Halo 3 is amazing for many reasons which includes technical feats (it's replay theater, forge, online connectivity is still largely unmatched outside of the franchise) but it wasn't the good looking game one would expect from the recent hardware jump.

Anyways, cost of other games out there:
Gran Turismo 5 - $60 million
God of War 3 - $40 million
Uncharted 2 - $30 million (I believe UC3 was $40m).
 
#33
I heard it has cod perks now or something. Hopefully someone can clarify this.
It has kill streaks.

"A new twist on the traditional Slayer experience that now allows Spartans to earn points during the course of a match which can eventually be leveraged to call in ordnance from overhead. Ordnance drops within Infinity Slayer consist of three selectable but randomly generated weapons or power-ups, the latter which can alter the Spartans speed, shielding, or ability to issue damage."
 

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DancingJesus
#35
Remember everyone laughing when Bungie said Halo 3 production costs where $30 million.
Halo 3 is amazing for many reasons which includes technical feats (it's replay theater, forge, online connectivity is still largely unmatched outside of the franchise) but it wasn't the good looking game one would expect from the recent hardware jump.

Anyways, cost of other games out there:
Gran Turismo 5 - $60 million
God of War 3 - $40 million
Uncharted 2 - $30 million (I believe UC3 was $40m).
Pretty incredible that Uncharted 2 was built with that relatively small budget.
 
#36
Remember everyone laughing when Bungie said Halo 3 production costs where $30 million.
Halo 3 is amazing for many reasons which includes technical feats (it's replay theater, forge, online connectivity is still largely unmatched outside of the franchise) but it wasn't the good looking game one would expect from the recent hardware jump.

Anyways, cost of other games out there:
Gran Turismo 5 - $60 million
God of War 3 - $40 million
Uncharted 2 - $30 million (I believe UC3 was $40m).

Gears of War 2 - $12 million only
http://www.gamespot.com/forums/topic/27008924

Max Payne 3 - $105 million
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/318429/max-payne-3-development-cost-105m-estimates-analyst/
 
#39
Halo 3 looks so primitive compared to this.
If they can extract this level of graphics out of a 7-year old GPU with 8 ROPs and 48 shader units, just think what they can achieve next gen.
 

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DancingJesus
#40
And pretty incredible they wasted 60 mil on GT 5 lol. Sony needs to send some guys to study the Forza folk for a while.
:lol

I think that was mostly due to mismanagement. The game was in development for far too long. With every month passing, that's probably millions of dollars.
 
#42
I just hope MS allows that amazing team they put together to make more than just fucking Halo. I love Halo but I would love to see what else that team could do. Why would they stifle such potential creativity that could spurn new and amazing franchises besides Halo for them? Time will tell.
 
#48
:lol

I think that was mostly due to mismanagement. The game was in development for far too long. With every month passing, that's probably millions of dollars.
PD need to man up and just outsource their car modelling like Turn 10 - if not for cost, but to get the game out in under 5 years. At worst, they can just take the outsourced models and tweak them to their "perfectionist" heart's content.
 
#49
I think blops 2 will come out on top but its nice to see a halo vs blops match :D


but i kinda wish it came out in september like the other halos, had nothing to play that month except borderlands.


game looks good though, hyped B^)
 
#50
Doesn't look too bad, though Halo has never been that impressive, graphically.
The original Halo was quite impressive in it's time. A standout title for years but all sequels since the original have had too many graphical compromises to be considered graphically impressive. They had impressive aspects but the overall look suffered for one reason or another.