a sample from the article:
Brütal Legend - $24 million
Grim Fandango - $3 million (original one)
Full Throttle - $1.5 million (original one)
The Secret of Monkey Island - $135K (original one)
Day of the Tentacle - $600K (original one)
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - $700K
add more if you know…and guess, how much would cost Monkey Island 3a??
But surely not a game developer?[quote=“patrik3dspacek, post:8, topic:679”]
a year salaries:
$ per coder - 80k
Even that sounds too good to be true.
I don’t have actual numbers, but I was always under the impression that being in the games business meant doing long hours for little financial compensation. If that’s not the case, perhaps I should consider a career change
Mind you, it might just be your dream job, and tremendous amount of fun, and that alone can be worth more than a fat paycheck.
That figure doesn’t include “overhead”, which is office space, plus supporting marketing, sales, management, etc. Since we didn’t have conventional office space at Lucasfilm (Skywalker ranch), projects leads only had to deal with budgets for stuff they controlled. I don’t know if this changed by the time DotT was budgeted. It’s unfair to compare the other budgets to MI.
Including everything (dev, PR, marketing, etc), TWP will have cost about $1.1M. That’s all in.
There different kinds of programmers in games. Game programmers that work in a scripting language like LUA can make from $50K-$75K/year. If you’re a C++ programmer working on engine code, it can be $75K-$100K depending on experience. If you’re a rock-star engine programmer and doing hardcore AI or rendering, it can be up to $150K/year. Of course, this is all for AAA or larger studios. For Indie game devs, it can go to $0.
If I was going to do MI3a, I would budget it for $5M. Its going to be a ton of work and expectations will be huge. And that would be after buying it back from Disney, which could easily be many times more than that.
I agree, … I guess we just expected a small set up of people and like 5 years of dev, which is kind of pointless, because I wouldn’t like to make a game for 5 years but if I think about that twice, especially after I calculated budget per year, $5M is a good starting point I am sure you would get close to that very easy.