According to a report from our friends at Gamesindustry.biz, Dan Houser has officially departed Rockstar Games. Houser was not only the co-founder of Rockstar and Vice President, but also the lead writer on some of its most memorable titles including Red Dead Redemption and Bully, as well as the co-writer of many of the Grand Theft Auto titles.
The official statement was made via an IR filing by parent company Take Two Interactive which stated:
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.
While it seems as though Houser hadn’t been involved with Rockstar’s projects in some times, his influence on the company and its titles has been immeasurable over the past two decades. What this means for Rockstar’s future titles, particularly Grand Theft Auto 6, is unknown but we will certainly be paying close attention.