According to Michael Pachter, the development costs of upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, could exceed $80 million, especially if you factor in all the marketing and distribution costs.
"Given that the game was in development for over four years, with an estimated 200 full-time developers working on it, we estimate that EA's investment exceeds $80 million," he told IndustryGamers.
He then went on to say that despite this, he still believes the game will be profitable for EA in the long-run. "We estimate that EA will cover its direct operating costs and break even at 500,000 subscribers."
The Old Republic is due to launch towards the end of this year, but EA has warned that there's a slight chance it could be pushed back to 2012.