It sounds like a lot, but some massive AAA productions require well over $100 million in development, marketing and distribution costs.
According to a report in French publication Le Figaro (as cited by CVG ), Quantic Dream's promising new PlayStation 3 exclusive title, Beyond: Two Souls , cost about $27 million (£16.8 million/€20 million) to make.
We don't know if that number includes marketing but we know that Quantic's previous project, Heavy Rain cost $22 million to create, $10 million to distribute, and about $8 million to advertise. Of course, as the critically acclaimed drama ended up generating $100 million, the developer definitely turned a profit. It looks like they're aiming for a similar – or even greater – financial success with Beyond . With many more PS3 owners now as compared to 2010 when Heavy Rain launched, it's definitely possible.
Beyond features some serious star power, with Ellen Page ("Inception," "Juno") assuming the lead role and Willem Dafoe ("The Boondock Saints," "Spider-Man") playing a scientist. Kadeem Hardison ("A Different World," "White Men Can't Jump") is also involved, and they even got Hans Zimmer ("The Lion King," "Pirates of the Caribbean" to produce the soundtrack! Beyond: Two Souls is slated to arrive on October 8.
Related Game(s): Beyond: Two Souls