Dan Houser, co-founder of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption developer Rockstar Games, is leaving the company on March 11. The news of his departure was revealed Tuesday afternoon in an SEC filing by Rockstar’s parents company Take-Two Interactive.
This is the latest news on Houser since he took an “extended break” from the company back in the Spring of 2019. He founded Rockstar Games alongside his brother Sam in 1998 and has been the lead writer for several of the company’s most successfully franchises, including Bully, Max Payne 3, and Red Dead Redemption. The majority of the Grand Theft Auto franchise was either written or co-written by Houser. The most recent role Houser held with Rockstar was Vice President of Creative.
Take-Two Interactive issued a short statement as part of an SEC filing which read:
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.
Take-Two has its quarterly earnings report call on Thursday later this week. It’s highly likely that more news on Houser will be revealed during the call.