Rockstar vice president Dan Houser recently revealed that the company was told that Red Dead Redemption would be a “disaster” when it released back in 2010. Apparently thosebwho told them that didn’t think a western game would go very far in today’s world.
“We loved Niko and felt he was a very strong lead protagonist for a game, and we were starting to get into John Marston,” Houser stated during an interview for Grand Theft Auto 5. “We were still being told a western was going to be a disaster, but we thought we were going [to] make something interesting with a strong character that you started to fall in love with.”
Red Dead Redemption shipped approximately 5 million units within its opening weeks. As of February 2012, Take-Two Interactive announced that the game has sold over 13 million copies. How’s that for a “disaster?”