Dan Houserwho co-founded Rockstar Games and was the lead writer on several Grand Theft Auto And Red Dead Redemption games, has finally revealed what his new studio is working on. If you were expecting a video game…well, you’ll just have to keep waiting.
At the beginning of 2020, Dan Houser has left Rockstar Games following the release of Red Dead Redemption II. Then in June 2023, Houser announced his new studio, Absurd Ventures, with the aim of producing multimedia projects spread across video games, television, film and comics. Rockstar Veterans Lazlow Jones And Michael Unsworthwho left the company after Houser’s departure, is also part of this new multimedia company. And now we finally know what Absurd Ventures’ first projects will be and no, you won’t get any money. RGT-like a game or Bully successor soon.
Announced on November 29, Absurd Ventures is working on American caper And A better paradise. The studio describes these projects as “original storytelling universes.” The plan is for characters and stories from these universes to debut in comics and audio dramas respectively.
What are these new projects from Dan Houser?
American caper focuses on two “normal, badly damaged” American families caught in a world of “corrupt businesses”, crime and “incompetent” politicians. The first project set in this new universe will be a graphic novel illustrated by comic book artist Simon Bisley.
Absurd Ventures’ other intellectual property is A better paradise, which he describes as an “existential suspense thriller” set in the “near future.” The first project from this other universe will be an “audio fiction series” of 12 episodes and it is currently in production.
This and the American caper the comics are scheduled to launch in 2024.
“We are excited to introduce these two universes, along with their characters and lore,” Houser said in a press release announcing the projects. “They represent our approach to storytelling and media. These first versions will allow us to introduce these universes at the same time as we work on other iterations and expansions. This is just the beginning.”
According to a press release, Houser’s company is currently working on a “wide range” of projects, including animation, video games, graphic novels, audio fiction, “and much more.” Absurd Ventures has confirmed that more information on these new franchises will be available in the coming months.
For people who were eager to see what Houser and co’s next big video game project would come next. RGT And Dead red, it seems that this is not the case at the moment. However, the description of American caperthe universe it looks pretty RGT-like me, and maybe one day an open world game from Absurd Ventures will take place there. For now, it’s comics and podcasts.
Meanwhile, the company that Houser helped create and run for decades will release the first official trailer for the film. long awaited Grand Theft Auto VI next month, maybe at the Game Awards.