Many people have been speculating about how much it cost EA to build the famous Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game is the most ambitious and promising video game that has been released in recent times.
Previously an analyst at Cowen & Co named Doug Creutz estimated that the all in all investment in Star Wars: The Old Republic was reaching half a billion dollars. However, three days after that, a story published in a blog of LA Times called Hero Complex has stated that the total cost to Electronic Arts of making Star Wars was $200 million. However, the $200 million cost is referring to the costs of development and does not include marketing expenses, nor royalty payments given to LucasArts, license holder of Star Wars.
If one thinks about the effort which went into the game, which took six years to built, forming 800 people on a total four continents, a budget of $200 million is rather modest. Moreover, if the number if divided in terms of per developer cost annually, it turns out to be modest again. However, it is also important to take notice of the fact that in the initial developing years, it costs less as you have less staff but later on, the headcount of staff members increases. In Star Wars, 1000 voice actors were employed to record their voices for 200,000 dialogue lines in a total of three separate languages.
However, one may or may not agree to the cost because the cost keeps increasing. Separately, Electronic Arts has also pointed out that the Star Wars team will stay with one another to continue their work on the high profile game and also released Rise Of The Rakghouls, which is the first major content patch of the game.