Dan Houser, who co-founded Rockstar Video games and was the lead author on a number of Grand Theft Auto and Purple Lifeless Redemption video games, has lastly revealed what his new studio is engaged on. If you happen to have been anticipating a online game…properly, you’ll must preserve ready.
In early 2020, Dan Houser left Rockstar Games following the discharge of Purple Lifeless Redemption II. Then, in June 2023, Houser introduced his new studio, Absurd Ventures, with the goal to supply multimedia tasks unfold throughout video video games, TV, movie, and comics. Rockstar veterans Lazlow Jones and Michael Unsworth, who left the corporate after Houser’s departure, are additionally part of this new multimedia company. And now, we lastly know what Absurd Ventures’ first tasks will likely be and no, you aren’t getting a GTA-like sport or Bully successor anytime quickly.
Introduced on November 29, Absurd Ventures is engaged on American Caper and A Higher Paradise. The studio describes these tasks as “authentic storytelling universes.” The plan is for characters and tales from these universes to debut in comics and audio dramas, respectively.
What are these new tasks from Dan Houser?
American Caper is concentrated on two “regular, badly broken” American households caught in a world of “corrupt enterprise,” crime, and “inept” politicians. The primary undertaking set on this new universe will likely be a graphic novel illustrated by comedian e-book artist Simon Bisley.
Absurd Ventures’ different IP is A Higher Paradise, which it describes as an “existential suspense thriller” set within the “close to future.” The primary undertaking from this different universe will likely be a 12-episode “audio fiction sequence” and it’s presently in manufacturing.
Each this and the American Caper comedian e-book are deliberate to launch in 2024.
“We’re excited to introduce these two universes, and their characters and lore,” mentioned Houser in a press launch saying the tasks. “They signify our strategy to storytelling and media. These preliminary releases will permit us to introduce these universes concurrently we’re engaged on different iterations and expansions. That is only the start.”
In response to a press launch, Houser’s firm is presently engaged on a “wide selection” of tasks, together with animation, video video games, graphic novels, audio fiction, “and extra.” Absurd Ventures confirmed that extra information about these new franchises will likely be coming within the months forward.
For people who have been excited to see what Houser and co’s subsequent large online game undertaking could be following GTA and Purple Lifeless, it appears to be like like that’s not occurring proper now. Nevertheless, the outline of American Caper’s universe sounds fairly GTA-like to me, and possibly sooner or later an open-world sport from Absurd Ventures will likely be set there. For now although, it’s comics and podcasts.
In the meantime, the corporate Houser helped kind and lead for many years will launch the primary official trailer for the long-anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI subsequent month, probably on the Recreation Awards.