Dan Houser is Leaving Rockstar Games [Update]

Dan Houser is Leaving Rockstar Games [Update]

The longtime Grand Theft Auto writer is taking off.

Update: In a statement to IGN, Rockstar Games did not comment on Dan Houser's departure but confirms his brother and Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser will not be leaving.

"Sam Houser's role with Rockstar Game, which he founded in 1998, remains unchanged. Sam and the team remain focused on current future projects," a spokesperson told IGN.

Our original story follows:


After over two decades at Rockstar Games, vice president Dan Houser is leaving the company. Take-Two Interactive Software announced today that the longtime writer and producer of the Grand Theft Auto series will be leaving in March 2020.

Houser co-founded Rockstar Games alongside his brother Sam. The two went on to create a number of influential games alongside the Grand Theft Auto series, including Red Dead Redemption, Bully, and L.A. Noire.

Dan Houser often took up the pen for Rockstar Games, as the head writer for games like Bully and Max Payne 3, as well as working on the majority of the titles in the Grand Theft Auto series. He also made some notable waves in the industry with his comments on crunch, saying Red Dead Redemption 2's developers had been working "100-hour weeks" to finish the game. Rockstar would later let its workers speak up on the matter.

Take-Two had this to say on Houser's departure, which comes after an extended break that began in spring 2019:

"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."

We've reached out to Rockstar Games for additional comment.

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