GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption writer seemingly leaves Rockstar after 16 years

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It has been reported that Vice President of writing at Rockstar Games, Michael Unsworth, has left the company after 16 years. Unsworth is best known for writing on both entries in the Red Dead Redemption series, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grant Theft Auto 5, L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3.

This comes after Unsworth’s LinkedIn profile was updated to show he had left the company sometime this year. Alongside his reported departure from Rockstar Games, his LinkedIn profile has also seemingly been updated to refer to his work at the company in the past tense.

“Mike is an accomplished writer who spent over 16 years working for Rockstar Games as a creative lead on some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful video game franchises of all time, most notably Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption”. It continues, “He has a deep understanding of interactive storytelling, character development and open-world game design and extensive experience building and managing creative teams”.

Unworth’s departure has not yet been confirmed by Rockstar Games, and the reasons for his apparent departure is unknown. However, this news comes after other key Rockstar figureheads like co-founder Dan Houser and writer Lazlow Jones left the company in 2020 to join new projects.

While some fans are worried what Unworth’s reported departure will mean for the yet-to-be-released Grand Theft Auto 6, it’s more than likely we’ll still see Unworth’s work throughout the next entry in the series, given previous reports have suggested Grand Theft Auto 6 is well into development. However, it should be noted that much of this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

Alongside the above, as mentioned, Unworth’s departure has not been officially confirmed by Rockstar Games. Should this later be confirmed we’ll be sure to update this story. With GTA 6 hot on Rockstar fans’ minds, be sure to check out our GTA 6 release date prediction, rumours and what we know so far piece.

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Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Release Date: 14 April 2015
    • - 14 April 2015 (PC)
    • - 18 November 2014 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4)
    • - 17 September 2013 (PlayStation 3)
    • - 31 December 2021 (PlayStation 5)
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre(s): Action
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