Originally Posted by Khaunshar
Its actually barely AAA in the shooter genre. Virtually every AAA shooter in the last years, unless you consider Bad Company 2 triple A, has been well beyond that.
And not just the Call of Duty series.
Not to mention RPGs, MMORPGs and other money-hogs.
It's a colossal waste of money for a unreleased game, though, for sure. Especially before marketing. Halo 3 / Modern Warfare 2 cost something like $50 million to develop, though advertising was several times that, no doubt.
If DNF started from scratch today, $20 million would be a reasonable (if somewhat generous) budget. But if you average out what it should
have cost over the last 13 years, keeping in mind that it might still be cancelled, it's a pretty ridiculous amount of money to flush down the toilet.