The Cost of Creating a New Video Game Character

In order for Lab Zero, the company behind the game Skullgirls, to add a new character to the game’s roster, they’re going to need about $150,000, which they plan on raising through IndieGoGo.

Despite the successful brand name, the entire dev team were laid off from their jobs at Reverge Labs, which meant they were back to step one – being an indie start-up. They’ve got to start from scratch, and then take scratch right through the process to the finish line. The list of costs?


$48,000: Staff Salaries – 8 people for 10 weeks

$30,000: Animation and Clean-up Contracting

$4,000: Voice recording

$2,000: Hit-box Contracting

$5,000: Audio Implementation Contracting

$20,000: QA Testing

$10,000: 1st Party Certification

$10,500: IndieGoGo and Payment Processing Fees

$20,500: Manufacturing and Shipping Physical Perks

Just to ask for money in the first place costs more than a few dollars. The cost of the entire game was just under $2 million, initially. While they’re asking for funding to develop the character, if they meet their funding goal she’ll be released for a limited time as a free download for everyone, not just those those backing the campaign.

Via: Kotaku