Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser’s next projects are a graphic novel and an audio drama

Absurd Ventures, the new creative studio from Rockstar Games co-founder and ex-creative director Dan Houser, has announced its first projects. As it happens, neither of them are video games, at least not yet.

The first of these two new universes is called American Caper, which will debut as a graphic novel. It will focus on two normal but damaged families who are mired “in a world of corrupt business, inept politics and bungling crime.” Comic book artist Simon Bisley (ABC Warriors, Lobo) is illustrating the graphic novel.

The other project is a 12-episode audio drama that’s already in production. A Better Paradise is described as a near-future existential suspense thriller. Absurd Ventures is working with well-regarded audio company Q-CODE Media on the project.

Absurd Ventures plans to unveil more details about both projects in the coming months. However, referring to both American Caper and A Better Paradise as “universes” suggests the company has plans to enlarge them into transmedia enterprises, which may just include video games.

Meanwhile, we’re just days away from getting our first proper glimpse at what has been keeping Houser’s former colleagues at Rockstar busy for the last several years. The publisher will unveil the first trailer for the next Grand Theft Auto game in early December. Rumors propose the unveil will take place at The Game Awards on December 7.

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