Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has embarked on a new creative venture named Absurd Ventures, following his departure from the renowned gaming studio in 2020. Houser is joined in this pursuit by fellow Rockstar alumni Lazlow Jones and Michael Unsworth, who have left the company to join Absurd Ventures, a media company announced earlier this year.
Key Figures on Board
Both Jones and Unsworth have had significant roles in shaping some of Rockstar's most acclaimed franchises. Jones, who joined Absurd in June, previously worked in Rockstar's production department, where he was responsible for in-game audio and video content such as radio shows. He also served as a writer and creative director, and co-president of the production department. Unsworth, who came on board in October, left Rockstar after a tenure of 16 years. He served as a writer on nearly all of Rockstar's major titles, and was one of three people with writing credits on both Red Dead Redemption games alongside Houser.
Absurd Ventures: A New Storytelling Venture
Absurd Ventures, according to Houser, exists 'to create new universes and to tell great stories.' The company plans to develop new IP across all platforms and formats. The focus of Absurd Ventures is on storytelling, philanthropy, and ultra-violence, although concrete details about their projects are yet to be disclosed. The company's website might hint at the nature of the upcoming projects, as it has registered two titles: 'American Caper' and 'A Better Paradise.'
Hiring for Transmedia Roles
The studio is currently looking to fill multiple transmedia roles, including staff for an animated series, audio fiction, and game development. This suggests that Absurd Ventures is not limiting itself to video games, but is venturing into various forms of media to create narrative worlds, characters, and stories for a wide range of genres. Whether the platform is film and animation, video games, books, graphic novels, screenplays or podcasts, Absurd Ventures aims to blend rigorous storytelling with evocative narratives.