Dan Houser departs Rockstar GamesCo-founder to leave company in March after year-long hiatusRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 4th February 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRockstar GamesRockstar Games has announced that co-founder Dan Houser will be departing the company in March after over two decades.The news was revealed via a document published to Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive’s IR site, stating that Houser’s official last day will be March 11, 2020.Additionally, the document mentions that Houser has been on “an extended break” from the company since the spring of 2019. There is no mention of the reasons for either the year-long break, or Houser’s departure.When reached for comment, Take-Two Interactive declined to comment further on the filing. However, the company did affirm that fellow co-founder Sam Houser’s role at the company would remain unchanged.Recently, Take-Two shared that Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, both games Dan and Sam Houser played key roles in creating, had sold a combined 150 million units.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games However, in one of the last interviews Houser gave on behalf of Rockstar in late 2018, Houser mentioned that the studio had been working 100-hours weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2, later clarifying that the 100-hour weeks he mentioned were limited to the game’s four-person writing team, including himself. The remark led to closer scruntiny of Rockstar’s work culture.Take-Two Interactive will report its Q3 financials on Thursday.If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTake-Two reportedly takes down reverse-engineered GTA3, Vice City source codeGitHub project blocked by DMCA, although project creator unable to rule out trollsBy James Batchelor 2 months agoRed Dead Online gets a stand-alone releaseRockstar selling the Red Dead Redemption 2 online mode as its own product on Xbox One, PS4, and PC starting December 1By Brendan Sinclair 5 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.