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April 5th, 2012, 15:59
Originally Posted by rossrjensen View Post
Can someone enlighten me as to what similar projects in scope have for budgets? For example, what were the budgets for Fallout and Fallout 2? How about Baldur's Gate and Planescape? What kind of budgets do more modern RPG's have: dragon age: origins, Risen, or maybe Divinity 2?
You need to factor in inflation and wage increase, so it's not really comparable.

Dragon Age: over 20 millions easy. EA financial chief said in 2010 that they don't do AAA games under 30 millions (include marketing/translation).
Risen/Divinity 2: One of these two cost ~6 millions (or maybe both or was it Arcania?). Might not include marketing/VO/translation, because it was a dev who gave the number and not the publisher.

The biggest % of a game budget is the salary. Let say the average salary for somebody who work on video games is 50k (generous number), you need to double this in term of expense for the company (advantages, materials, locals, etc): so 100k per employee.

This mean that a 10 men team will cost about 1 million per year.
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