Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar who left the studio on March 11, 2020, is making headlines these days. If yesterday we told you that he had signed two important veterans from his former company for his new venture, Absurd Ventures, today he has decided to continue dropping some information about what they are working on. Although it’s not related to video games, it’s likely to eventually materialize into video games.
Because today, the names of the two new IPs and the media in which the first projects of Absurd Ventures will begin development have been announced. The first one is American Caper, a comic drawn by the British artist Simon Bisley —known for works like Lobo or Sláine—, which will focus on “two normal and severely damaged American families in a world of corrupt businesses, inept politicians, and clumsy crimes.” The second one is named A Better Paradise and it will be an audio fiction of twelve episodes in collaboration with QCODE Media, described as an “existential suspense thriller set in the near future.”
Although neither of the two projects has a specific release date yet, the idea is for them to appear at some point in 2024. Additionally, Absurd Ventures intends to develop the universes where these stories take place across more formats and platforms. Therefore, it’s expected that, if successful, these narratives will extend beyond their initial stories and, who knows, possibly evolve into some form of video games.
In fact, this is something that Houser himself has emphasized. Stating that this is a way of storytelling that allows them to introduce universes while working on other iterations and expansions, he has concluded that this is just the beginning of something larger. And coming from one of the masterminds behind GTA, we believe him.