According to Britain's Daily Mail, the final price tag for the development and release of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption is over 100 million dollars. Specifically, the British paper writes: "Makers Rockstar Games are thought to have spent up to $100 million on the long-awaited project."
I hate to seem cynical, but an unsupported quote (who, exactly, thinks Rockstar spent that much?) of a huge, round number sets off my BS detectors a bit. Any number thrown out by any arm of the entertainment industry needs to be looked at skeptically, plus, Supposedly, Grand Theft Auto 4 cost the same amount, and Red Dead uses the GTA 4 engine, which would suggest it could have been made cheaper.
In any case, the game is out now, and analysts expect it to top 4 million units sold. At $60 a throw, that's still a hefty profit, even if the game did cost $100 million to build and market.
Are you one of the four million expected purchasers? I am. I only got to try it out for an hour or so last night, but I am on the hook for this game. It starts pretty slowly, but even the "boring" tutorial missions where you're learning to ride a horse and shoot a gun are captivating in their own way, and the graphics are mind-blowing. There is such a sense of place in the game and a feeling of a real world there. Just amazing.
Source: Daily Mail