It cost $50 million to make God of War: Ascension

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It ain’t cheap to make video games these days. Well, the kind that requires voice actors, motion capture, new visual effects and a couple hundred staff members that is. Sometimes, you can get an entire Witcher 2 game done for under $10 million. Other times though? Being Greek truly is costly.

According to 20 minuten, the price to get those red stripes looking so shiny on Kratos ripped physique may have cost just as much as Modern Warfare did to develop. While that figure isn’t publically known, analysts believe that the blockbuster Call of Duty title clocked in at around $40 – $50 million at the end of the day, minus the mammoth marketing budget of that title.

$50 million sounds rather realistic, but it’s still a damned high number for a game. Sure, it may not be as costly as Grand Theft Auto 4, but it’s expensive all the same. Right now, Ascension is considered to be an underperformer, only managing to shift 1.1 million units as of April 13.

Which is a shame, because by all rights, it’s actually a really decent game on its own, even if it didn’t live up to the standards set by previous entries in the franchise. Maybe all that upcoming DLC can swell the coffers a bit more for Sony.

Last Updated: April 22, 2013

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