Founder and creative leader Dan Houser is leaving Rockstar. The man who helped found the company and has been with them for 21 years, will be leaving in March 2020. During his time, he helped write and worked on various titles. The titles Houser was lead writer on were accounted as Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and Bully. The history of his co-writing duties includes the majority of the games in the Grand Theft Auto series.
Take-Two and Rockstar issued the following statement explaining the change. After more than 20 years, Houser has helped contribute to a great many of the AAA smash-hits that the company is known for. The parent company said that Houser had been on an extended break from the company and that he will leave before the end of the year.
“After an extended break beginning in the spring of 2019, Dan Houser, Vice President, Creative at Rockstar Games, will be leaving the company. Dan Houser’s last day will be March 11, 2020. We are extremely grateful for his contributions. Rockstar Games has built some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful game worlds, a global community of passionate fans and an incredibly talented team, which remains focused on current and future projects.”
If you want to find the full statement, the details can be found in a report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from Take-Two.
With the ongoing rumors surrounding GTA 6, there’s likely a lot of moving parts and chaos at Rockstar. This departure will likely lead to some more chaos though, as losing an experienced and ingrained part of a company is never fun or helpful.