Have you ever wondered how much a game like Grand Theft Auto V costs to make? We don’t have official figures, but Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia suspects that the sum is around $137.5 million. The forecaster deduced the enormous number via a “hypothetical probability model”, assuming that around 250 people worked on the release for a period of five years. It all sounds completely reasonable to us.

The analyst continued that he expects the title to sell around 18 million copies during its first six months on the market, adding that it’s likely to be the best selling game of the year. According to Bhatia, only the next Call of Duty could topple it, which he predicts will be Modern Warfare 4.

Grand Theft Auto V was pushed back until 17th September yesterday, prompting stocks in parent company Take-Two to drop. Some pundits have predicted that the delay may be due to Rockstar porting the title to next generation consoles, which wouldn’t surprise us either.

[via gamesindustry.biz]