It's easy to look back on the success of Red Dead Redemption as a whole franchise - its status as one of gaming's most premier properties well and truly cemented - and assume it was always a smooth path to victory. After all, Rockstar was on a winning streak at the dawn of the 2010s, and an open world cowboy game with this level of writing and fidelity now looks like a total no-brainer.
That, however, couldn't be further from the truth. Red Dead Redemption is one of Rockstar's most notorious titles, and while it turned out great in the end, it still holds a reputation for having a majorly rocky road from conception to release.
The sandbox epic turns ten years old later this year, and while revisiting it is a must (trust me, it still holds up a decade on), the story of what went down behind the scenes is perhaps just as fascinating. It might be one of the biggest games ever released, but there's still a whole bunch you probably didn't know about Rockstar's most unlikely smash-hit success story.