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Artistic depiction of Houser leaving Rockstar, shown here as (somewhat exaggerated) flaming wreckage without his guidance.
enlarge Artistic depiction of Houser leaving Rockstar, shown here as (somewhat exaggerated) flaming wreckage without his guidance.

Rockstar co-founder and Creative Vice President Dan Houser will leave the company in March “after a long hiatus from spring 2019,” according to a document filed with the SEC by Rockstar parent Take Two Tuesday evening. Shares of Take Two fell more than 4 percent in early trading after the news, plunging to its lowest level since Dec. 9.

“We are immensely grateful for his contributions,” Take Two wrote in the dossier. “Rockstar Games has built some of the most acclaimed and commercially successful game worlds, a global community of passionate fans and an incredibly talented team that remains focused on current and future projects.”

Houser has been instrumental in creating Rockstar’s wry, satirical voice over the past two decades and has been the writer or co-writer for most of the company’s best-selling titles, including the Grand Theft Auto series. Houser’s brother Sam, who co-founded the company with Dan in 1998 and serves as executive producer of most Rockstar products, will remain with Rockstar and his role with the company “remains unchanged,” according to a statement issued by Take Two. following the news.

Despite (or perhaps because of) their lucrative positions at the head of one of the game industry’s most popular developers, the Houser brothers generally remain reclusive from press coverage. In a rare 2008 interview with the Telegraph, Dan Houser emphasized the freedom he felt when writing in a largely “unencrypted” medium such as video games. “There’s no accepted way of doing anything, so that gives us a lot of pleasure because we can make it right along the way,” he said at the time. “Movies and TV and books have become so structured in the way they have to approach things. Not working in that environment gives us a huge freedom. I’d rather keep the freedom and not have the respect.” The Houser brothers sparked controversy in 2018 after an interview with Vulture in which they casually mentioned the “100-hour weeks” that Rockstar employees persisted in doing. Grand Theft Auto V Outside. The interview sparked a renewed industry debate about excessive “crunch time” in video game development.

Sam Houser was played by Daniel Radcliffe in a 2015 BBC production dramatizing the film’s development Grand Theft Auto series. That production received sharp criticism from the company and a failed lawsuit to stop production.

Houser’s move follows the departure in 2016 of Leslie Benzies, the famous Grand Theft Auto producer who has worked out of Edinburgh’s Rockstar North for 17 years.

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