According to Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney, it might be a good thing that The Coalition made Gears of War 4. According to him, Gears of War Judgment cost 60 million dollars to make, but only made 100 million dollars back, in contrast to the first game’s 12 million cost for 100 million profit.
Gears of War Judgment was the last Gears of War game made by Epic Games, and took place fairly early in the Locust War. It focused on two of the Delta Squad members, Baird and Cole, and their previous squad, which fought the Locust in the COG city of Havlo Bay. While the game was successful enough to break even and then some, the greatly decreased margin between development costs and how much profit it made didn’t bode well for the series.
Rob Ferguson, the leader of The Coalition, said several months back before Gears of War 4 released, that Epic Games would have had a bomb on their hands if they’d developed Gears of War 4 themselves, with the increased Gears of War Judgment cost. According to Sweeney, Gears of War 4 would have cost a hundred million dollars for Epic to make.
Gears of War 4 rapidly shot to the top ranks of sales charts when it released back in October, and even if it did cost 100 million to make even with The Coalition working on it instead of Epic, the game sold hundreds of thousands of units not just physically, but digitally as well.
The increase in the Gears of War Judgment cost in comparison to the original Gears of War is likely an indication of how much more expensive games are to develop today, but even though Microsoft hasn’t said how much the budget for Gears of War 4 was, or how much it’s sold money-wise, hopefully it’s sold enough to make another Gears of War game viable.