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With a some clever work in making the process more efficient, they've been able to get the cost down to roughly double.

http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/epic-believes-development-costs-will-double-nextgen-16039
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Guess what the means... $120 games w/ more day-1 dlc's! Score!


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Wait, don't higher dev costs mean less original games?
With that much money on the line, I doubt shareholders would risk untested franchises.
post #4 of 27
so we'll get prettier, more boring games uncreative title. and a further centralization of production of titles. i don't know whether to be happy or not
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Originally Posted by Popple View Post

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With a some clever work in making the process more efficient, they've been able to get the cost down to roughly double.

http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/epic-believes-development-costs-will-double-nextgen-16039

Bit of a misleading quote there, you should use the first segment of the article:
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Tim Sweeney, the chief technology advisor over at Epic Games, recently shared a few words about next-gen game development. According to Sweeney's estimates, developing a next-gen game will cost roughly double the price of what it costs to develop for the consoles currently on the market.

Edit: Never mind it's really just the context I read it in.
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I can't wait for more cruddy games
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post #7 of 27
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Edit: Never mind it's really just the context I read it in.

I was trying to highlight the 3-5 times part, so double now is supposed to be a success.
post #8 of 27
Oh good, sounds like they're going to spend even more on marketing, stupidly expensive voice actors, bad licensing deals with bad pop stars, etc. because that's what really makes games so great right?

At the very least I hope artists are going to get paid more from now on. IMO 3D artists get the short stick for the work they do. On the other hand, I hear concept and character (designer) artists get paid well.
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Many of my favorite games this generation have been "B movie" equivalents (think Yakuza, not little indie games) or handheld titles, but it's a shame to hear that fewer developers will even have the option of risking AAA development. Too many once-great developers have already had trouble adapting to current trends (even after seven years), and now the rug is about to be pulled out from under them again.
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So from NES -> XBOX360 all the games still costs the same but at most a $10 price hike. Now were talking possibly double the price? I think not, I believe we will see another $10 price hike though.
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