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Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser’s new firm is creating an “open world action-adventure”




Absurd Ventures, the media firm established by Rockstar Video games co-founder and artistic director Dan Houser following his departure from the Grand Theft Auto developer in 2020, is engaged on an “open world action-adventure”.

Absurd Ventures was formally unveiled final June, with a mission assertion of “constructing narrative worlds, creating characters, and writing tales for a various number of genres” throughout mediums together with of live-action, animation, video Games, books, graphic novels, and scripted podcasts.

November purchased information of Absurd Ventures’ first two tasks, American Caper and A Higher Paradise. On the time the corporate referred to them as two “universes” that might start as a graphic novel and podcast respectively earlier than increasing throughout a “big selection of codecs and platforms”. Each are because of launch sooner or later this yr.

Absurd Ventures’ studio trailer.Watch on YouTube

And now, a new job itemizing on the Santa Monica firm’s web site has confirmed it is also engaged on an “open world action-adventure sport” that is aiming to ship “best-in-class fight and third-person motion throughout a number of sport modes.”

It is not clear if the sport shall be primarily based on one among Absurd Ventures’ beforehand introduced universes, or one thing new. But it surely’s doubtless nonetheless very early days for the challenge, given the corporate’s careers web page reveals it is at present seeking to fill a variety of high-level roles, together with artwork director, senior artwork director, lead designer, lead Gameplay designer, senior producer, senior technical director, and technical director.

As confirmed towards the tip of final yr, Rockstar’s former vp of writing Michael Unsworth – who co-wrote each Pink Lifeless Redemption video Games, and has contributed dialogue to the likes of LA Noire, GTA 4, and GTA 5 – has joined Houser at Absurd Ventures. Former Rockstar author and producer Lazlow Jones can also be onboard, serving as an govt producer.