Rockstar president of writing Michael Unsworth may have left the company

Unsworth had a heavy hand in the writing of Max Payne 3, both Red Dead Redemptions, and GTA 4 and 5.


It seems there might be another major staff shakeup over at Rockstar as we close out August. The company has had some major players in the company’s history leave over the last few years, and now Rockstar president of writing Michael Unsworth may be among them. Unsworth seems to have indicated that he may have parted ways with Rockstar in recent days. He was known for having major parts in penning the stories of the Red Dead Redemption series, GTA series, and Max Payne 3.

Word of this Michael Unsworth’s supposed departure from Rockstar was first spotted by GTAForums user Rucke, who noticed that Unsworth had recently updated his LinkedIn profile to show that he was no longer an active employee of Rockstar. While Rockstar itself has not formally made any announcements on the matter either on its Newswire website or Twitter, Unsworth’s LinkedIn does indeed indicate that he no longer works there.

Michael Unsworth's LinkedIn Profile
It was Michael Unsworth's LinkedIn that seems to indicate he's parted ways with Rockstar Games.
Source: LinkedIn

If Unsworth is out at Rockstar, it’s another of several high-tier talent to exit the studio in the last few years, especially among the lead writers of the company. In 2020, lead writer and producer Dan Houser left Rockstar, and fellow veteran writer and producer Lazlow Jones would join Houser in leaving later in the year. Even before that, former Rockstar North lead Lezlie Benzies not only left Rockstar, but sued the company for unpaid royalties.

Despite all of this, Rockstar has confirmed Grand Theft Auto 6 is in development and it continues to quietly develop the project while updating Grand Theft Auto Online. Unsworth provided massive contributions to Rockstar and it remains to be seen if he’ll be in Grand Theft Auto 6’s credits, but nonetheless, it seems he’s on his way to something else.

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    August 28, 2023 8:20 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Rockstar president of writing Michael Unsworth may have left the company

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      August 28, 2023 10:18 AM

      I need the Benz!

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      August 28, 2023 10:22 AM

      His work on GTA 6 is probably long done. I’m excited to see new faces at Rockstar

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      August 28, 2023 11:41 AM

      I'm scared that the kind of cohesive vision those games had will be lost. At least RDR2 is a hell of a game to go out on.

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        August 28, 2023 12:16 PM

        Abrasion RIP had the same fear but even if it's 100% turnover at RS I don't see how you can't have a GTA6 that's everything we expect after a decade of development. It's big and detailed and juvenile satire with a love of vehicles. My only concern is them trying to push online PvP more.

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          August 28, 2023 3:17 PM

          It won’t be the same without the Housers

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            August 28, 2023 3:31 PM

            I thought one of them was still there? The other could well have years on the project as well. We'll see, I'm probably giving them too much credit.

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