Rockstar Games Founder Dan Houser to Leave the Company Next Month

Rockstar Games Founder Dan Houser to Leave the Company Next Month

After founding the studio in 1998, Dan Houser was today revealed to be departing from Rockstar Games on March 11.

Having been with the company since its inception over twenty years ago, Take-Two Interactive today announced that Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser is set to leave the company next month.

Revealed via Take-Two’s website, it was said that Houser is planning to leave Rockstar on March 11, 2020. In addition to being one of the company’s co-founders, Houser also currently served as vice president of Rockstar. Recently, Houser was on an “extended break” from Rockstar which began in early 2019, not long after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Here’s the full statement from Take-Two regarding the move:

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.

Houser wasn’t just one of the founders of Rockstar but also was a team lead on many of the studio’s projects over the years. Houser served as an executive producer and writer on games like Grand Theft Auto VRed Dead Redemption 1 + 2Max Payne 3, and L.A. Noire to name a few. Houser’s brother and co-founding partner, Sam Houser, who currently serves as the president of Rockstar Games, will not be joining his brother in leaving the company.

It’s a bit surprising to see Houser leave Rockstar so suddenly, but clearly he (or those at Rockstar) felt like it was his time to move on. As of this writing, it’s not clear if Houser has plans for the future just yet, but more information on his departure will likely come about in the near future.