Dan Houser, co-founder and vice president of creativity at Rockstar Games, will leave the company March 11.
"After an extended break beginning in the spring of 2019, Dan Houser, Vice President, Creative at Rockstar Games, will be leaving the company," Rockstar owner Take-Two Interactive announced Tuesday.
"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."
Houser founded Rockstar Games in New York with his brother Sam Houser, Terry Donovan and Jamie King in 1998. He served as producer, executive producer, writer, or a combination of the three on nearly all of Rockstar Games' landmark titles. Among his credits are Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, San Andreas, IV and V, Bully, Max Payne 3, and Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2.
Take-Two did not provide a reason for Houser's departure.
Rockstar Games' most recent release, Red Redemption 2, was released for consoles in October 2018. A PC release took place in November 2019.