Rockstar Video games co-founder and former artistic director Dan Houser has a brand new firm. Absurd Ventures says it’ll construct tales, characters and worlds throughout totally different mediums — together with however not restricted to video video games. The 49-year-old left Rockstar Games in 2020.
“Storytelling. Philanthropy. Ultraviolence.” That’s the tagline for Absurd Ventures, which launches with the two-minute video beneath that reveals greater than it tells in regards to the firm’s artistic, summary and edgy vibe. Nonetheless, a press launch does provide a extra tangible description, describing Absurd as “constructing narrative worlds, creating characters, and writing tales for a various number of genres, with out regard to medium, to be produced for live-action and animation; video video games and different interactive content material; books, graphic novels, and scripted podcasts.”
It might be an unlimited understatement to say Houser was a central determine throughout his 22 years at Rockstar, considered one of gaming’s all-time nice success tales. He co-founded the legendary studio in 1998 along with his brother Sam Houser, Jamie King, Terry Donovan and Gary Foreman. As Rockstar grew, he remained an integral a part of the corporate’s artistic works, together with producing 5 Grand Theft Auto video games and serving as a author for each GTA installment thus far (together with Grand Theft Auto V) and each Red Dead Redemption titles. As well as, he did voice work in Grand Theft Auto III and its two standalone growth video games.