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Wednesday, 27 October 2021 14:42

How much does it cost to develop a game?

By Whimsy Games

COMPANY NEWS: At first glance, the process of producing games in a large team is not too long, at least it does not last for 5 or more years. This is how much AAA-class projects are most often done, although in larger studios they can handle it in 3 years. We decided to figure out what are the reasons for such a long work on games and whether it is being spent with benefit.

Main stages of developing

We suggest highlighting the main stages of the mobile game development process:

  • Writing or adapting a story from some source. It is important to do this at the beginning of the journey since the necessary functions of the game and its features will depend on it. It is difficult to predict the duration of this process since it all depends on the depth of growth. For surface games, this takes a minimum of time, and the method of filling with dialogues with figures takes place in parallel with the development of the graphic part.
  • Site selection and equipment purchase. The organization of the workplace does not take too much time.
  • Creation of a development team. Most of the studios that have games as their core industry already have the people they require.
  • The beginning of the development of work algorithms (coding). This stage takes up to half the time of the entire process. It is on him that the mechanics included in the project depend. We made the first adversary somewhere after 40% of the development of the project, while he could do little (practically nothing). Here, the duration depends on the scale of the project, but in a well-coordinated and complete team, you can handle it in a year, at least before the start of the next stage.
  • Working out graphics. In the case of games available in 4k, this process can take a long time. However, with the right organization of the team, it can be done in a year and a half.
  • Scoring characters. Often goes along with the final stages of graphics creation.
  • Preliminary revision of the project (alpha testing). Eliminating numerous bugs and adjusting game mechanics.
  • Closed and open beta testing. During it, a global test of the world by other players takes place.
  • Game release.
  • Marketing. It comes in pre-sales and after-sales, both of which are essential.

The cost 

The mobile app game development cost is largely determined by its kind:

  • Everyday games. An easy single game that is suitable for any genre and does not need some special skills to play. The user can receive it at any time and does not have to save the account at the end of the session. Common features of casual mobile apps include repetitiveness and lack of finality, according to the founder of Zero Games. Most high-level freemium games like Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans are random in nature. They use 2D graphics and have limited functionality. However, users can access additional features (such as rich visuals, high-quality audio, extra lives, and special currency) through in-app purchases and updates. A typical casual game costs about $ 50,000. Rovio invested $ 140 million in the Angry Birds app, a project that ultimately earned developers $ 200 million in 2012, and that amount is growing every year;
  • Social. They are played simultaneously by various users on common networks such as Facebook. They are related to browser games, allowing a restrained amount of user data to be received via oAuth protocols and mobile networks such as OpenFeint. In terms of infrastructure, the social app uses payment and statistics mechanisms (to encourage users to play and spend more money). These apps are normally created using social media kits, although post-implementation Facebook integration is possible. A common gaming app same Farmville costs within $ 100K and $ 300K;
  • Cross-platform. They may be played via social media, mobile apps, plus web browsers. IT organizations are releasing multi-screen apps to reach their target auditor yu and expand their market presence. Thus, a complex gaming solution can cost up to 300 thousand dollars;
  • Games with complex graphics. Thoughtful puzzles, shooters, and adventure are usually mobile extensions of popular tabletop franchises such as Mortal Kombat and Need for Speed. However, there are console-quality mobile-only apps - like the Badland Android app, which features detailed 2D imagery and an inspiring soundtrack. So a game like Real Racing 2 costs about $ 2 million.

Because mobile devices have limited computing power, manufacturers do not develop games for mobile browsers. However, there are desktop versions of popular mobile apps like Angry Birds.


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