The Houser name is synonymous with Rockstar Games. The company was originally founded by brothers Sam and Dan Houser, with the developer growing into one of the biggest and influential studios in the games industry. Being the home of franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead, and Bully will do that. However, change is coming. It has been revealed by Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar, has confirmed that Dan Houser will be leaving Rockstar Games in March.
This could be a major blow to Rockstar because as well as being one of the founders of the studio Dan Houser was also the head writer for the company. He had a hand in every single Grand Theft Auto title bar the very first game released in 1996. Dan has also been pivotal in the writing of the Red Dead games, Bully, and Max Payne 3.
Of course, he had a huge writing team working with him so they will likely have the skills to keep the writing of the games at a level that Rockstar has come to be known for. Rockstar Games did release a brief statement to IGN that did not directly address Dan’s departure. The statement said:
“Sam Houser’s role with Rockstar Games, which he founded in 1998, remains unchanged. Sam and the team remain focused on current and future projects.”
Rockstar Games has not announced what its next game will be. There have been rumours of a Grand Theft Auto VI that will see players go between North and South America. Then there are other rumours that the next game is a new Bully game but had been scrapped. For all we know, Rockstar may resurrect Agent which was supposed to be a PS3 exclusive. Rockstar will announce its next project when it wants to and when it does we’ll get all the details as soon as we can.