Development of the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption was a ‘recurring nightmare’ back in 2009, according to Rockstar’s Sam Houser.
The comments were outed in court documents pertaining to the ongoing lawsuit filed by Leslie Benzies against the Grand Theft Auto developer earlier this week. They reveal a series of emails sent by Houser requesting Benzies’ aid in completing the Wild West action-adventure title.
"The ups and downs are VERY extreme. We have to fix this. Quickly. Help! I’m freaking!" An email from Houser reads. "[RDR] is a (recurring) nightmare. But one I/we need to get out of. I have problems with the camera all over the place. So much so, that I can’t be rational or specific about it. The darkness!!! PLEASE help me/us get RDR. I am a jabbering wreck right now. I need The Benz!‘"
In fact, it appears that Benzies’ help resulted in the issues being sorted “within a few months," allowing Rockstar to start presenting the game to partners and format holders, such as Sony and Microsoft.
"As Sam Houser himself recognised, the Houser brothers were incapable of completing large and complex games without Mr Benzies’ oversight, management, and skill in taking unwieldy designs and making an understandable, cohesive, and enjoyable game," the documents add.
As the spiritual successor to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption was released to critical and commercial success on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2010. The game eventually shipped 14 million copies worldwide and spawned the standalone expansion, Undead Nightmare, as well as a Game of the Year Edition.
Given the game’s success, chatter on a follow-up has been doing the rounds for a couple of years now, though Rockstar has yet to formally announce a sequel. That hasn’t stopped Red Dead Redemption 2 from popping up on an ex-developer’s CV though, and comments from publisher Take-Two suggest an E3 2016 reveal is on the cards.
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