3DS and PSP2 development expected to cost three times as much as it did for current-gen handhelds

With new hardware come new challenges. According to developers, creating a game for the Nintendo 3DS or the Sony NGP could cost up to three times as much as it did for the Nintendo DS and PSP. Speaking to Develop, Griptonite Game’s JC Connors estimates that the cost of creating a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS will be much higher than before. "Clearly some of the [3DS] launch titles have budgets two-to-three times what typical DS games have seen in the past," said Connors.

Griptonite is working on Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters for release on the Nintendo DS this year, and has many other Nintendo DS and PSP titles in its portfolio, including Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines. But even though the company intends to continue developing titles for the next generation of handheld systems, it is well aware of the rising development costs. And it’s not the only studio with concerns.

“With more powerful machines to develop on, expectations are higher and you have to spend more time and money creating larger and more detailed worlds,” said Rebellion studio’s co-founder Chris Kingsley. According to Kingsley, the biggest challenge for developers working on 3DS and NGP titles will be the bigger budgets required to craft those larger, more detailed worlds he refers to.

The Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to release on March 25 in Europe and on March 27 in North America. While no release date has been announced for the Sony NGP, we expect that it will release later this year.

Mar 11, 2011

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  • gaberodriguez - March 14, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    People know That The PS4 Releases In 1,2,3 Years But the PS5 Releases in 20 years Don't worry The Time Flys Then The days Then Weeks Then Half Months Then Half Years Then Years Then The CENTRY PS5 RULES!
  • gaberodriguez - March 14, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    The psp2 is coming out January 1th 2012 it will cost $299.99
  • rifleviejo - March 13, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Averagegamer18 production cost does not mean price, please change your user name, any real average gamer knows that
  • TRcommander - March 12, 2011 7 p.m.

    Gjohnston is right. The extra development cost will be spread across every game they sell so games aren't going to cost $100. Especially considering the price has already been set at $40. So don't freak out about this report.h
  • Gjohnston - March 12, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Seems like some people don't understand that "Launch titles have budgets two-to-three times what typical DS games have seen in the past" means that they have cost/will cost two to three times more for the developers to make... Not the games will cost two-to-three times more...
  • Averagegamer18 - March 12, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    Let me get this straight. I pay Nintendo 250 for their 3DS and than let's see Pokemon cost me 40 so 3x40=120 so if they have a new pokemon in 3D, which they will, i will be paying close to a hundred dollars for it.... yeah not getting one now if a game will cost me three times as much
  • WeinerlessSteve - March 12, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    Yikes, not as muc room for error...or price drops...
  • jmcgrotty - March 12, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    3 times more than the budget for a DS game? So, that is what? $75?
  • soranamineforever - March 12, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Why does this come to a suprise to anyone? The more powerfull a console, the more expensive it is to make games. Its not rocket science.
  • kl4d0 - March 12, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    What I wouldn´t like to see, is piracy hitting hard on them both.
  • claytonmiller - March 12, 2011 12:56 a.m. Posting first doesn't make you a winner... Anyway, I really hope this doesn't affect the number of quality games that get released on the systems. Ideally, it will prevent the two systems from turning into shovelware dumping grounds. If developers aren't willing to release half-assed software because of increased development costs, then that's all the more reason to appreciate the ones that do release quality games.

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