Rockstar vice president Dan Houser has revealed that the company was warned Red Dead Redemption would be a "disaster" prior to the game going on sale in 2010.
"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 said, while discussing Rockstar's next game 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 launched in May 2010 to critical and commercial success, shipping over 5 million units within just a few weeks of release.
In February 2012, Rockstar's parent company Take-Two Interactive announced that the game had sold 13m copies.
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Source: Game Informer