Dan Houser, co-developer of the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead, is setting up his own company. This became known immediately after Houser filed documents to register a company called Absurd Ventures in Games. The developer has not yet given any comments about his plans, but it is known that the future company will be engaged in "software development".
The company was registered in the UK, but in the winter Houser "set the stage" by registering the name Absurd Ventures in Games in the United States. Interestingly, Houser's brother, Sam Houser, continues to be president of Rockstar.
Dan and Sam Houser started developing computer games back in the late 90's. Rockstar Studio, their joint brainchild, was founded in 1998 and until 2020 Dan Houser was one of the key figures in the company. Dan left the company a year ago without giving a reason. Recall that in 2018, he shared his doubts about the development of GTA 6 in "modern political conditions." Now, the next part of the GTA is in development until 2025.
Recall that in 2016 another high-ranking member of the Rockstar team, Leslie Benzies, left. His departure was accompanied by a scandal: Benzies sued Take-Two Interactive for trying to remove him from work during sabbatical. Then the conflict was resolved, but Benzies already in 2017 founded his own company Build a Rocket Boy and started developing a direct "competitor to GTA" - the game Everywhere.