The co-founder of Rockstar Games has unveiled its initial projects at the new studio, Absurd Ventures. Being one of the largest video game companies in the world, Rockstar Games has succeeded in maintaining a great deal of mystery surrounding its operations. Sam and Dan Houser, the company’s founders, avoided the spotlight for a long time. They only did the odd print interview when a new game was coming out, otherwise they kept their heads down in their games.
Their names are all over the Rockstar games, and a lot of people credit Dan Houser, who worked as a producer and writer on several of the greatest titles released by the company, such as Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, as one of the primary creatives on Rockstar’s best games.
Sam Houser took over as CEO of Rockstar Games when Dan Houser departed. Dan Houser has been quietly developing Absurd Ventures, his own business. Houser took Michael Umsworth and Lazlow Jones, two of Rockstar’s most prominent creative figures and writers with him on this new journey. But the firm isn’t just into making video games, at least not exclusively.
They have job listings for video games, Absurd Ventures is a multi-media company, looking to launch new franchises in ways beyond gaming. The company announced its first two projects earlier today, a new graphic novel known as American Caper and a narrative-driven audio series known as A Better Paradise. You can read the descriptions for the two projects below. These two projects are expected to arrive in 2024.
“AMERICAN CAPER centers on two normal, badly-damaged American families in a world of corrupt business, inept politics and bungling crime. AMERICAN CAPER will debut as a graphic novel that is being illustrated by renowned comic book artist, Simon Bisley.”
“A BETTER PARADISE is an existential suspense thriller, set in the near future. A 12-episode audio fiction series based on the A BETTER PARADISE universe is currently in production. Absurd Ventures is partnering with @QCODEmedia to co-produce the audio series.”
AMERICAN CAPER and A BETTER PARADISE⁰First stories coming in 2024⁰⁰We will soon introduce two universes, their characters and lore…⁰https://t.co/zAcpW0O1C5⁰https://t.co/fPzDtzbZU5 pic.twitter.com/iyXwe7eBOo
— Absurd Ventures (@AbsurdVentures) November 29, 2023