Infinity Ward prised as much as $50 million from Activision's budget to develop Modern Warfare 2, reports suggest.
That figure is thought to be far less than Infinity Ward had initially been offered.
The $40-50 million that Infinity Ward spent – a number quoted by anonymous sources in an LA Times report – is not as eyebrow-raising as it was several years ago.
Polyphony's Gran Turismo 5 budget said to be hovering around the $60 million mark, and when revealing the costs, Gran Turismo series producer Kazunori Yamauchi said the budget was a small amount considering the size and scale of the title.
It is widely believed that GTA IV's development budget is an industry record. Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies previously claimed the GTA IV budget was at $100 million.
There's lots more detail on this story over at Develop.