25 April 2023

The multi-million dollar figure that cost the development of God of War: Ragnarok

By Donald

God of War: Ragnarok It has become one of the most outstanding games of the year 2022. Santa Monica Studios initially planned to launch a trilogy to tell the story of Kratos and Atreus; however, due to time and budget issues, the decision was made to close the plot with Ragnarok. Recently, Sony has shared the financial data of the production of the title after a few months on the market.

Shuhei Yoshida, head of PS Indies, spoke about his experience within the video game industry in a recent interview for The Guardian. He was the one who picked up the revelation that God of War Ragnarok had cost close to 200 million dollars, which represents about 5 times what the third game of the original trilogy cost (44 million dollars).

God of War: Ragnarok Development Cost

He commented this in the context of the fact that video game developments have increased their costs and it is not an easy industry. “Getting funding for games is hard, but even when you make an amazing game, there are so many great games on the market that no one knows about. The good thing is that today there are very good and high-quality independent publishers”, explained the manager.

When I was in São Paulo last year, there were scouts from Devolver, Curve Digital, Team17, all trying to find the talent from these places, the games that only they can make: the cultural background (of a game), the mythology, the illustrations , music, everything can be something special to stand out in the market…

It’s all a matter of economics. Some big games sell tens of millions of units and justify putting all those resources into expensive regions, but I think the industry needs to diversify, and I think that will happen naturally and organically.”, picks up the middle vandal of his statements.

Of course, being a very popular franchise in the market and having the endorsement of PlayStation, it ensured sales that have covered the cost of development or production. In February 2023, just four months after its release, it reportedly sold 11 million copies worldwide.

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