Michael Unsworth, a senior author at Rockstar Video games who has labored on among the firm’s largest hits, seems to have left the well-known developer after 16 years. He joins a rising record of veteran Rockstar workers who’ve departed the corporate over the previous couple of years.
Rockstar Video games—the developer and writer behind mega-blockbuster video games like Grand Theft Auto V and Pink Useless Redemption II--is a studio identified (for higher and for worse) as having its personal distinctive and distinct identification. And lots of assumed that particular “model” got here from the long-running workers on the firm’s prime. So it’s fascinating to see one more Rockstar vet depart the storied studio earlier than the discharge of its subsequent large mission, Grand Theft Auto VI.
In keeping with a latest replace on the author’s LinkedIn web page, as first noticed by SWEGTA on August 26, Unsworth has seemingly left Rockstar Video games. He had been the corporate’s vice chairman of writing. Earlier than holding that place he was the senior artistic author after which writing director at Rockstar Video games, the place he labored on the scripts for Pink Useless Redemption II, Grand Theft Auto V, Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire, Pink Useless Redemption, and Grant Theft Auto IV.
On Unsworth’s LinkedIn profile, now you can see that he left Rockstar someday in 2023. His bio additionally signifies that he has certainly left the studio after over a decade and a half. Kotaku has contacted Rockstar Video games about Unsworth’s departure.
The opposite Rockstar vets who’ve already left
Whereas it’s not unusual for longtime workers to go away corporations, even profitable ones, it has develop into a little bit of a development for Rockstar Video games in the previous couple of years. In 2020, each Lazlow Jones and Dan Houser left the favored studio. Jones was a longtime producer and author who had been with Rockstar for practically 20 years and labored on each GTA sport since GTA III. Houser was the co-founder of Rockstar Video games and had been part of the corporate since 1998, touching practically each sport the corporate had ever revealed or developed.
In 2016, just a few years earlier than these departures, longtime Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies left the corporate after he claimed he was pushed out and filed a lawsuit towards Rockstar. The go well with led to 2019 with a confidential settlement.
Wanting on-line, you’ll see some followers nervous or nervous about Rockstar’s future and what these departures will imply for GTA VI and future titles. Nevertheless, change isn’t all the time a nasty factor. A few of these guys had been round a very long time and had been most likely able to do one thing completely different. And as new of us take over Rockstar Video games it may imply the corporate’s model evolves in optimistic methods, main to raised video games which may come out sooner. One can hope.