Dan Houser announces two new IPs but they aren't games (yet).
Title cards for A Better Paradise and American Caper.

The studio founded by former Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser, Absurd Ventures, just revealed two new "original storytelling universes." The new IPs from Absurd Ventures are called American Caper and A Better Paradise. Neither one of these is a video game, at least not yet.

American Caper will debut initially as a graphic novel. A Better Paradise will initially debut as an audio fiction series. Specifically, stories and characters from these two universes will make their debut via those two forms of media but from there? From there they could end up anywhere. They could even end up in future video games!

Both the graphic novel and audio fiction series are in production right now and are slated to be released in 2024. Absurd Ventures says that they are also already "in development on additional stories from these universes for a wide range of formats and platforms." Video games are a format. It could happen!

Absurd Ventures says that they are working on a wide range of projects that range from animation, graphic novels, audio fiction, and video games. See? I told you! More information about both American Caper and A Better Paradise will be shared in the months ahead.

“We are excited to introduce these two universes, and their characters and lore,” said Houser, who was creative director and lead writer of the GRAND THEFT AUTO, RED DEAD REDEMPTION, and BULLY video game franchises. “They represent our approach to storytelling and media. These initial releases will allow us to introduce these universes at the same time as we are working on other iterations and expansions. This is just the beginning.”

AMERICAN CAPER centers on two normal, badly damaged American families in a world of corrupt business, inept politics and bungling crime. AMERICAN CAPER will debut as a graphic novel that is being illustrated by renowned comic book artist Simon Bisley.

A BETTER PARADISE is an existential suspense thriller, set in the near future. A 12-episode audio fiction series based on the A BETTER PARADISE universe is currently in production. Absurd Ventures is partnering with award-winning audio company QCODE Media to co-produce the audio series.​