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Rockstar veterans Michael Unsworth and Lazlow Jones have joined Dan Houser's new studio



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 3 months ago '12        #1
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Rockstar veterans Michael Unsworth and Lazlow Jones have joined Dan Houser's new studio
 

 
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser left the studio in 2020 and founded a new operation in 2021 called Absurd Ventures. It turns out that he's brought some heavyweight former Rockstars with him to the new gig: As noted by French site Begeek (via Stephen Totilo), Rockstar's former vice-president of writing Michael Unsworth joined in October as Absurd Ventures' head of story and creative management, and former writer and producer Lazlow Jones is onboard as executive producer.

Unsworth brings an enviable list of credits to the table from his time at Rockstar: He joined the studio in 2007 as senior creative writer and contributed to games including Midnight Club: Los Angeles, LA Noire, Max Payne 3, Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5, and Red Dead Redemption and RDR2. He was promoted to vice-president of writing in 2021, but departed Rockstar earlier this year, a move that left some fans concerned about what it might bode for the soon-to-be-revealed Grand Theft Auto 6.

Jones joined Rockstar even earlier, in 2001, and served in various writing, directing, and production roles on a similarly impressive range of games, although he's likely best known to GTA players for his turns as a radio host in Grand Theft Auto 3, 4, and 5. He left Rockstar in 2020, shortly after Houser's departure, and according to his LinkedIn profile he actually joined Absurd Venture just a year later, in June 2021, although it seems to have gone largely unnoticed until now.

Unsworth and Jones are the best-known of the bunch, but they're not the only big names to join Houser at his new thing: As noted by Rockstar Intel, former Rockstar vice president of new media Adam Tedman joined Absurd Ventures in 2022 as head of marketing, while Pandemic Studios co-founder Greg Borrud is on board as head of games.

It's been a few years since Absurd Ventures was first revealed, but I imagine we'll be paying more attention to what it's getting up to in the relatively near future. After an extended period of silence, the studio began teasing its debut project in June with the launch of a website carrying the tagline "Storytelling. Philanthropy. Ultraviolence," along with a really bizarre teaser trailer.

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 3 months ago '20        #2
Blafy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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I would like some inside info as to why the Houser brothers left Rockstar
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 3 months ago '17        #3
lil boosie vert 
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wish they were working on gta

lazlow was a big part of the old games
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 3 months ago '09        #4
iamsoulja 
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 Blafy said 🔗
I would like some inside info as to why the Houser brothers left Rockstar
Only one brother left I believe

 3 months ago '23        #5
Nychitta 
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 Blafy said 🔗
I would like some inside info as to why the Houser brothers left Rockstar
Sam still there

 3 months ago '17        #6
Timberwolves  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19
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if unsworth wrote rdr2 than thats a huge pick up
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 3 months ago '20        #7
Blafy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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 iamsoulja said 🔗
Only one brother left I believe
 Nychitta said 🔗
Sam still there
I thought they both left but just years later
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 3 months ago '21        #8
Jonny2soxs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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 Blafy said 🔗
I would like some inside info as to why the Houser brothers left Rockstar
Everyone left because the parent company saw how much money GTA online was making , and basically said fu#k it …let’s focus on that , and also because the studio did a restructure internally to be more diverse and get rid of “bro” culture



Basically the suits saw the company would make money no matter what so they took over while everyone left
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 3 months ago '14        #9
K Robinson 
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Would buy a game from The OG Rockstar crew before I buy GTA 6

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 3 months ago '06        #10
Kingme 
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Can't wait to see more from this other Ex Rock Star Employee game at the Game Awards

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 3 months ago '10        #11
acegutta22  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Blafy said 🔗
I would like some inside info as to why the Houser brothers left Rockstar
I thought only Dan left

 3 months ago '14        #12
breezeus313 
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 acegutta22 said 🔗
I thought only Dan left

Leslie got played on some money and ended up suing Rockstar/taketwo
Lazlow left for personal reason

 3 months ago '20        #13
Blafy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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