Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser departs company

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Dan Houser, Rockstar Games co-founder and head writer on Bully and Red Dead Redemption 2, is leaving the company.

Houser will depart the company on March 11 2020. His departure comes at the end of an extended break that began in Spring 2020 following the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2.

The news comes from the current Rockstar SEC filing, which can be found here.

“After an extended break beginning in the spring of 2019, Dan Houser, Vice President, Creative at Rockstar Games, will be leaving the company,” reads Rockstar’s SEC filing. “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 and his brother Sam Houser worked as executives at BMG Interactive prior to its acquisition by Take-Two. They then founded Rockstar Games within Take-Two in 1998. Together, they went on to write and develop games like Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Bully and Red Dead Redemption.

Houser was a co-writer on four Grand Theft Auto games. He was the head writer on Bully, Max Payne 3, and Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2.

Houser’s brother Sam remains at the company.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.