Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser will be leaving the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption studio in March, following an "extended break" that began early last year, according to parent company Take-Two Interactive.
Houser founded Rockstar Games with his brother Sam in 1998, and served as vice president of creative at the company, as well as writer and producer across a wide range of the studio's titles. His lead writing credits include Red Dead Redemption, Bully, and Max Payne 3.
According to a new filing posted to Take-Two's investor relations website, "After an extended break beginning in the spring of 2019, Dan Houser, Vice President, Creative at Rockstar Games, will be leaving the company" on 11th March, 2020.
"We are extremely grateful for his contributions," the statement continued, "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."
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, a Rockstar representative said Sam Houser's role as company president has not changed. The announcement comes two days ahead of Take-Two Interactive's Q3 earnings report, which is due on Thursday.