@Jacanuk: GTAV also cost significantly more to make.
GTAV broke pre-order records, sales records and is still printing money to this day. At this point you can justify pretty much any development cost.
I’m gonna say it. Open world games for the sake of being open world are annoying and lifeless.
There are so many gaps between the main story line that you’re supposed to fill with your own imagination by riding around aimlessly in an empty world. Examples: RDR2 and Witcher 3.
That being said I love RDR2. God of war was perfect in terms of your ability to choose your own path.
How do they feel barren and empty? I feel like we played completely different games. It’s really insane what CDPR is able to accomplish in their open world. RDR2's world had stuff constantly going on around you, animals, random passerbys, random quests to help people out, the world was incredibly detailed with cities and structures dotted across the more rural parts. I don't understand anyone that calls it empty.