StrangleHold $30 million!!

dcdelgado
dcdelgado
Since 5657 Days
*** If thats true, these guys are going to lose allot of $$ ***
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=80...

Midway's European MD Martin Spiess has told GamesIndustry.biz the publisher is investing USD 30 million in upcoming action game Stranglehold.

Spiess claims the new IP could be the most expensive next-generation game in development, but is confident that come the September release the massive investment will pay off, with retail and consumers already very positive about the title.


"[Stranglehold cost] around USD 30 million, so it's possibly the most expensive next-generation game in development to date," said Spiess, in an interview to be published next week.

"The early indications from retail and the consumers are there, so it is going to pay off."

"In order to recoup development money you obviously have to sell a lot of units, but what we're seeing to date is that we will sell those units. Stranglehold will be the top selling title this Christmas," claimed Spiess.

The title has been developed in collaboration with Hollywood director John Woo and action icon Chow Yun-Fat. Pitched as a sequel to the 1992 movie Hard Boiled, the limited edition PlayStation 3 version of the game will include the original film on the Blu-ray disc.

And Spiess is confident that Stranglehold will offer a new experience for next-gen machines, rather than the equivalent of a PC game tweaked for the home console market.

"From a playability standpoint and a technology standpoint, we're delivering something which has not been done before - true next-gen for the first time, rather than just having some PC game ported onto next-gen with higher resolution graphics," he said.
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Bingham67
Since 5415 Days
Dam that hell of alot :0 does look awesome from videos though. :)

Demo on 8th August so we shall see how it is.
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Jin187
Jin187
Since 5542 Days
I find that VERY VERY VERY hard to believe, the game looks quite good but i dont think it will be a million seller so they will lose some serious money if this is true.
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Julukku
Julukku
Since 5556 Days
Yeah, seems like he's just trying to market it. I have kept an eye on Stranglehold though, seems like a game i like. High destructibility ftw! :D
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deftangel - Hot stuff!
deftangel
Since 5665 Days
They might sell a million world wide, which would be enough to break even probably. The $30m is likely to include marketing costs as well so obviously there is a significant advertising spend.

If the game holds up I think that's feasible. 500k in the US would create $30m in revenue at $60. Obviously that doesn't all go to Midway but I don't think 500k in the US is beyond them if it's any good.
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Acert93
Since 5768 Days
This isn't even close to the most expensive next gen game so far. There were games 3 years ago that broke $40M. And as one large multiplatform dev told me, there has been a number of games in the $40M range, and you would be SHOCKED to know which ones they were (he wouldn't tell me!) But we do know HL2 cost over $40M. All your titles with a lot of content and diverse art (like FF games) are also very, very expensive.

As for this game... they better hope it sells well. To me it has too much uncanny valley which the animations really betray it. The concept also is one you either like or don't.
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Jin187
Jin187
Since 5542 Days
The game, although seems fun, looks like a poor mans max payne. I honestly cant see where the 30 million went, it always seemed rather low budget.
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GriftGFX
Since 5797 Days
Posted by Jin187
The game, although seems fun, looks like a poor mans max payne. I honestly cant see where the 30 million went, it always seemed rather low budget.
$15 mil when to Chow Yun Fat, and the other $15 mil when to John Woo so they could put his name on the cover ;)

I actually think it looks great.. and I love Max Payne, but this doesn't look like a poor mans anything to me. But I'm a big Hard Boiled fan, so maybe there is bias there.

Also, they should make Psi-Ops 2.
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alimokrane
alimokrane
Since 5727 Days
30 freaking million dollars Whoaaaa! that's just way too much. They should cross hands and feets fingers to even break even!
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Optimusv2
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Doesn't Killzone cost like $200 million? =P
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dcdelgado
dcdelgado
Since 5657 Days
Posted by Optimusv2
Doesn't Killzone cost like $200 million? =P
thats about right CGI is expensive you know! ;p

Back on topic, the game is looking better and better every time its shown, but this game is going to have the marmite effect, either you love it or you hate it!
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CrayZic
CrayZic
Since 5533 Days
Posted by Optimusv2
Doesn't Killzone cost like $200 million? =P
I don`t think it`s that much but i think i have read an interview in a dutch news paper where a Guerrilla staff member said that it was the game developing costs were higher then the movie "Black Book" from director Paul Verhoeven (Black Book was the most expensive dutch movie ever made).
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