The US Army has spent a total of $32.8 million of its budget over the last 10 years in funding for the America's Army
game, according to a new article at GameSpot. The info was revealed to the site via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Funding for the free multiplayer shooter game, which also serves as a recruitment tool, began in 2000. The first PC version of America's Army
was released in 2002. An all new version of the game, America's Army 3
, was launched earlier this year.
Yearly budgets for the development of the game have varied widely over the past decade, with the lowest being $1,288,552 in 2005 and the highest being $5.6 million in 2001. Just after the release of America's Army 3
last June the US Army shut down the game's primary development team
at Emeryville, CA and moved the game's development to its Redstone Arsenal offices located neat Hunstville, AL. (Full disclosure: Big Download is the exclusive site for the America's Army 3 Deploy Client)