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Rockstar's Dan Houser has set up his new studio

Dan Houser
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Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has registered what appears to be a new game development studio, posters on GTA Forums discovered earlier this week (via VGC).

Co-founding Rockstar back in 1998 with his brother Sam, Terry Donovan and Jamie King, Dan Houser departed the GTA house last March. But on June 23rd, Houser registered a new company in the UK named Absurd Ventures in Games, listed under the category of "ready-made interactive leisure and entertainment software development"—or as we call them, games.

This follows two separate registrations in the US back in February for an Absurd Ventures in Games LLC, but also a broader-sounding Absurd Ventures LLC. Some users on the aforementioned forum speculate that this may suggest Houser is instead planning to move into investment, or at least a broader push beyond game development.

Whatever it is, it may be some time before we find out exactly what Absurd Ventures is up to. Four years on, we're still to hear concrete details on fellow Rockstar alum Leslie Benzies' ambitious new project Everywhere—though the former studio president departed Rockstar on much less amicable terms.

Natalie Clayton

A one-time dog sledder, pancake flipper, alien wrangler and indie darling, Nat now scours the internet looking for the hottest PC gaming news. Destined to become Scotland's first Battlemech pilot.