Lazlow Jones, the voice of DJ Lazlow from Grand Theft Auto III onwards, has left Rockstar Games. Jones worked as a producer, director, and writer across the Grand Theft Auto series, as well as other Rockstar games, including Red Dead Redemption 2. Jones served at the studio for 19 years.
The news comes via Jones’ LinkedIn page, and was picked up on by Gtamen, then reported by Kotaku. It seems that Jones left the company in April 2020, after serving as the co-chair of the Rockstar Games Production department. He left the company two months after company founder Dan Houser also left the developer.
Jones’ LinkedIn page makes it clear how wide-reaching his work for the studio was. “My teams have produced video game trailers, gameplay videos, commercials, live Twitch streams, location recording- including facial capture technology, motion capture shoots, and in-game radio and TV content, including original animated shows,” he wrote. “During this time I wrote dialogue, composed songs and spoof jingles, curated music and directed musicians. I have directed thousands of voiceover sessions for video games, radio and cartoons.”
Prior to working at Rockstar, Jones was, in fact, a radio host–The Lazlow Show was a real radio program before it was in GTA III.
Jones has moved on to new projects, although his LinkedIn does not get too specific about it. “I am currently working on several projects, including development of shows for Disney and Netflix, consulting for a video game company and collaborating with a writer/director from Comedy Central and an Emmy winning producer and director formerly of Dreamworks,” he writes.
We have reached out to Rockstar for comment and will update if we receive any further details.
Grand Theft Auto V, along with Grand Theft Auto Online, is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021. Lazlow features as a character within the single-player campaign, as well as in GTA Online following the casino update.
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