Rockstar’s co-founder Dan Houser will leave Rockstar Games, the news was revealed by a document published by Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive, Houser will officialy leave Rockstar Games by March 11, 2020.
The document read as follows:
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.
Dan Houser co-founded Rockstar games with his younger brother Sam Houser, Dan was the creative force behind most Rockstar Games’ titles. Dan Houser resigns his job as a Vice President of creativity, he was the producer and head writer for Bully, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. Dan has also written or co-written, almost all of the Grand Theft Auto games. Dan Houser also have cameos in the GTA games, acting as a caller in a radio station or making voice overs for commercials in San Andreas and Vice City.
Houser latest project was Red Dead Redemption 2, where he served as a Executive Producer, the game is a complete success, managing to sell over 150 million copies, perhaps the reason behind his departure was the production time that Rockstar invest in their releases.
GameIndustryBiz reports that Rockstar Games was working 100 hours per week prior Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, Houser later explains that those 100 hours were limited to the game’s four person writing team, in which he was involved. It is worth mentioning that Dan has been continuously working at game development for over two decades, he will surely be missed at Rockstar Games and the whole gaming industry.