Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has started a brand-new gaming studio following his departure from Rockstar Games on March 11, 2020. This has been confirmed by a filing spotted by users on GTA Forums and French publication Rockstar Mag, which revealed the name of the studio to be “Absurd Ventures in Games.” No staff have been associated with the UK-based company yet, but Absurd Ventures’ titles will presumably boast stories that are equally as great as Rockstar Games’ biggest franchises. That’s because Houser helped write many of their most successful blockbusters, such as Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption.
The British writer, producer and voice actor co-founded Rockstar in 1998, alongside his brother Sam, Terry Donovan and Jamie King. Dan Houser was a key figure behind many of the company’s most successful titles, having written or co-written almost all of the games in the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption series, as well as Bully and Max Payne 3. Houser’s most recent titles, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, have alone sold a combined 150 million units.
Sources: Companies House, GTA Forums, Rockstar Mag, VGC