How Much Did Blizzard Spend On StarCraft II?

So how much did it cost Blizzard to develop StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty over the last seven years? According to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, the company has already dumped over $100 million into the highly-anticipated sci-fi RTS game, possibly making it one of the most expensive titles to date.

But the number shouldn't be surprising. Blizzard president Mike Morhaine said back in 2007--during the game's official unveiling--that the company really didn't have a budget to begin with. It seemed that an abundance of funds were on standby. "We'll spend as much time and resources as we need to make this game great," he said at the time.

Both Blizzard and analysts predict that consumers will quickly make up for the costs. "There is no shortage of consumers for StarCraft," said Kotick. "For a game that is more than ten years old, there's millions of people still playing it."

As for the analysts, they predict that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty could sell five million units during its first year of release. We predict that the number will be even greater.

As it stands, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will beat out the development budget set aside for Grand Theft Auto IV--an alleged 100 million. Red Dead Redemption was also said to rack in a development cost of $100 million.

Kotick didn't specify whether was part of the $100 million spent on the StarCraft II project.

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  • buddhav1
    You'd think with 100 mil in expenses, that full LAN support would be an afterthought...
  • cekasone
    And Blizzard will still have $100,000,000,000 x 100 left due to all the WoW subscriptions.
  • hydric
    most poeple are 100% complete idiots. They are not releasing the game 3 times. come july 27th the game will be release 100% followed by 2 expansions. ALl blizzard games in the past have come with an expansion other than diablo 1 and warcraft 1. I dont see what the big deal is. They are doing what they always do. However, not having LAN is lame.
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  • zarko90
    Doesn't matter when SC2 is going to be released 3 times and there will be more than enough morons who will buy the 2nd and 3rd installments....oh and of course come the expansions, I'd guess at least 2-3 of them, if not more, Blizz love to stretch the lifespan of their retail games and their new graphics engines.... 100mil is a drop in the ocean for the company raking in the revenues from World of Warcrack...
  • buddhav1
    You'd think with 100 mil in expenses, that full LAN support would be an afterthought...
    morons... lol.

    clearly this is going to be one of the best games in the genre and will be worth the money. I don't know why people complain that's it is 3 separate parts. It will be so much game content.