Red Dead Redemption Cost a Pretty Penny To Make

According to London’s Daily Mail as well as The New York Times, Red Dead Redemption cost a whole lot of money to make. $80 to $100 million, to be exact.

The reports regarding Red Dead Redemption’s production cost, if correct, would put it into elite territory. Only GTA IV has cut as much to create, with estimates centered around $100 million for Rockstar’s first next-generation GTA title.

Obviously, the expenditure is worthwhile for both Rockstar and parent company Take Two. GTA IV was massively successful critically and commercially. Red Dead Redemption is winning stunning praise from across the industry and is sure to sell well. Early fan feedback on Metacritic and Amazon indicates that gamers love the experience of exploring the Wild West at the dawn of the modern era.

Set in 1911, Red Dead Redemption tells the story of John Marston, a former outlaw-turned-farmer whose family is held hostage by the newly formed Bureau of the United States government. The Bureau tells John he must help them bring law to the wild west by eliminating his former gang members either by killing or capturing them, and John must once more return to the wild west, where he will meet unique characters and tackle challenges as diverse as freeing a captured sheriff in an abandoned town to tracking down murderers to herding cattle and catching wild horses.

The game’s huge world was worked on for years by Rockstar San Diego in collaboration with Rockstar North, based in Edinburgh. The game was released in North America on Tuesday and is being released tomorrow in Europe. It’s already been named the number one pre-order of 2010 in the UK.

A $100 million expenditure for Rockstar and Take Two and probably hundreds of millions in profits.

‘Red Dead Redemption’ Brings Old West To Life