There’s chatter of one of Rockstar’s main writers leaving the studio, but neither he nor the studio has formally announced it.
Fans already have an inkling about what the story will entail, thanks to insider reports and the Rockstar hacking incident, which revealed that the plot will star two protagonists; one of which is a Latina woman.
However, there are rumblings that said story will not involve Rockstar’s vice president of writing, Michael Unsworth, as he has reportedly left the company.
Word of this spread across the GTA forums before making its way to social media, citing Unsworth’s LinkedIn account.
Unsworth hasn’t posted any sort of announcement or farewell message, though, so it’s impossible to know for certain that he’s left.
However, the Experience section lists him as being Rockstar’s vice president of writing from 2021 to 2023, implying that he no longer holds that position.
The About section also reads, ‘Mike is an accomplished writer who spent over 16 years working for Rockstar Games,’ further suggesting that he’s since left the studio.
Assuming this is the case, that’s a pretty big loss for Rockstar. Aside from writing both Red Dead Redemption games, Unsworth also wrote dialogue for several other Rockstar games, including Grand Theft Auto 5 and L.A. Noire.
Unsworth doesn’t include GTA 6 in his list of writing credits but, given his role at the studio, it’s hard to imagine that he had no input on the game’s story.
Plus, if the game is potentially launching next year, the story is likely finalised, so it’s not as if Unsworth is leaving midway through writing it.
We have contacted Rockstar for clarification about Unsworth’s status within the studio and will be sure to update this article if they respond.
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