ByRicky Derisz, writer at
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Giving us lucky folks multiple platforms to thrust ourselves into the world of our favorite storylines and characters comes at a price. While the film industry is open about the multi-millions it costs to bring ideas to the big screen, the video game world isn't so transparent.

Below are a list of well known film/video game crossovers. You've probably watched the films. You've probably played the games. But which cost more to produce? Let's find out.

1. World Of Warcraft

Game: World Of Warcraft (2004) v Film: Warcraft (2016)

The fourth instalment in the online role playing Warcraft universe still remains hugely popular today, with 5.5 million subscribers as of 2015.

It's not a surprise that, due to the game's popularity, a feature film is in the works. Set to be released this year, the feature will focus on the first meeting between humans and orcs.


Which was more expensive?

Although the World of Warcraft game cost a substantial amount at $40 million, it is still dwarfed by the film's budget, which is over twice the cost at $100 million.

2. Tomb Raider

Game: Tomb Raider (2013) v Film: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

Lara Croft is arguably the most iconic character to emerge from the gaming world, making her first appearance in the original Tomb Raider, which is now (unbelievably) 20-years-old. Most recently the character appears in the 2013 video game reboot.

Within film, Angelina Jolie rocked the khaki in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, before the Cradle of Life sequel.


Which was more expensive?

While the sequel starring Jolie costs a cool $95 million, the 2013 rebooted video game cost $5 million more, with a hefty $100 million required to produce.

3. Deadpool

Game: Deadpool (2013) v Film: Deadpool (2016)

The Merc with a Mouth was a surprise, record breaking R-rated hit this year, starring Ryan Reynolds in the lead role.

Although this was Wade Wilson's first live-action solo venture, the character was the protagonist of his own video game three years prior.


Which was more expensive?

Deadpool's success this year is even more impressive when you consider the film's modest budget of $58 million. In a substantial contrast, the video game's budget was almost double, with a development cost of $102 million.

4. Hitman

Game: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002) v Film: Hitman (2007)

The Hitman gaming franchise is a huge success, first launching with Codename 47 in 2000. Since then, eight more instalments have been released, with the most recent being this year's Hitman.

The franchise has also launched two feature length films, the first in 2007 and a follow up with 2015's Hitman: Agent 47.


Which was more expensive?

I'm using the Hitman 2 budget as an example here (because, well, it's the only one I could uncover). It illustrates a huge contrast in gaming budgets compared to some on this list, costing a modest $3.5 million.

The first Hitman feature had a budget of $24 million.

5. Max Payne

Game: Max Payne 3 (2012) v Film: Max Payne (2008)

The popular gaming franchise spawned a film spinoff in this case, fronted by Mark Wahlberg as the titular character.

The series was launched in 2001 with Max Payne, and followed up with Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne before the third instalment was released (I'm not going to say the name again, I promise).


Which was more expensive?

The Max Payne feature had a modest budget, in Hollywood terms, of $35 million. Max Payne 3, on the other hand, cost a tonne of money to produce at $105 million.

Yup, I said his name twice more. I'm sorry.

6. Resident Evil

Game: Resident Evil 2 (1998) v Film: Resident Evil (2002)

Ah, Resident Evil. I have fond memories of being scared shitless by the Capcom's horror as a youngster. The franchise has launched a huge number of games across a range of platforms.

Naturally, anything that terrifying and successful was going to be turned into a film at some point, and it was with 2002's horror of the same name.


Which was more expensive?

The Resident Evil video game is also the cheapest on the list, being developed for $1 million back in 1998. That's 100 times less than the latest Tomb Raider game!

Unsurprisingly, the debut feature film cost a hell of a lot more, with a budget of $35 million.

7. Star Wars

Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) v Film: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Star Wars is probably the biggest media franchise in the world, with multiple wildly successful feature films, video games and memorabilia.

The Old Republic was an attempt to try and attain the same level of success in the video gaming world. I've compared it here to Revenge of the Sith as that was the latest release at the time of the game's production.


Which was more expensive?

Revenge of the Sith, the third instalment in the prequel trilogy, had a budget of $113 million. Remember when I told you this was an attempt to make a hugely successful Star Wars video game? Well, that's reflected in development costs, which come in at a monumental $200 million.

8. DC Universe

Game: DC Universe Online (2011) v Film: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

The free-to-play DC Universe Online brought the comic book powerhouse's characters to the video game world, all concentrated neatly into one package.

In DC's cinematic universe, the ensemble of top characters melded together for this year's Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.


Which was more expensive?

For a free-to-play game, DC Universe Online had a reasonably high budget, costing $50 million to produce. However, that was still only a fifth of Dawn of Justice's bulky budget, which came in at $250 million.

9. Final Fantasy

Game: Final Fantasy VII (1997) v Film: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

I couldn't write a list which compares video games and movies without including Final Fantasy, could I? It's one of the most iconic series ever made, and resulted in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, directed by the creator of the series Hironobu Sakaguchi.

The feature film is the most expensive ever based on a video game, but did it cost more or less than Final Fantasy VII?


Which is more expensive?

The Spirits Within had a budget of $137 million, while the game cost $45 million to develop. However, because I get a thrill from making things difficult, I'm going to include the colossal, hard-to-believe, eye watering marketing costs of $100 million (!) for the video game, bringing its total to $145 million.

What is your favorite video game on the list?

Via: Kotaku


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