GTA 5 has been in development for over four years now.
We also have an estimate of how much its predecessor GTA 4 cost, and according to official estimates by Rockstar, it is almost a $100 million game.
Now, some MMOs like Star Wars: The Old Republic and the likes dwarf this figure, but you have to keep in mind that they are designed in mind with revenue generation and depend on a connected atmosphere.
Grand Theft Auto 5 could very well cost $137 million, according to an analyst Arvind Bhatia from Sterne Agee.
He came at this conclusion based on 250 people working on the game for four years and also revealed that Rockstar could make back the money since it will most likely sell 18 million units and outsell Call of Duty this year.
The game was earlier delayed to September 17, 2013, from an original release window of Spring 2013. Bhatia estimates that the game will bring Take-Two $193.6 million in operating profit in the fiscal year it will be released in.
“[T]his is a long-awaited title that consumers are unlikely to pass up and we remain bullish on our outlook for this title and for the company,” he predicted.
The game certainly looks ambitious and considering the massive critical acclaim its predecessor got, this game looks to do the same.