Take-Two is satisfied with the way Rockstar operates and believes that Dan Houser's departure has no impact on studio culture.
After the publisher announced its revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, many questions were asked about "inviting two executives", which was related to long-term high-profile departures. Rock star Dan Houser, Head of United Studios.
Dan co-founded Rockstar with his brother Sam, and the two are responsible for the narratives of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. The news was so shocking that it caused Take-Two's stock price to drop 6% the next day. Although the transaction price was higher the next day, it fell again after the earnings showed 9.6%.
CEO Strauss Zelnick, speaking of investor concerns about the possible impact on future Rockstar games, said the studio's output has never been stronger than it is now, and Sam Houser ) Will continue to lead the team as always.
Zernike also reiterated that Dan Houser has been on vacation since last spring, which means that the core rock star team has been in control for some time.
"So Dan Houser has been on holiday since early spring 2019. The company has been led by the company's president, Sam Houser, since its inception, which is an extraordinary team effort and Sam is An excellent player and coach, "Zelnik said.
"With our incredible optimism and excitement, the brand has never been stronger. At the same time, we thank Dan for his contribution and wish him all the best."
Zelnick confirmed he didn't want Rockstar to have other major departures, and he reiterated Sam Houser's commitment to the studio.
"I don't usually speak on behalf of others, but I can confidently say that Sam is very committed to the organization. And I work very closely with Sam and am very happy to be able to do business with the entire team of Sam and Rockstar." CEO explain.
Zelnick also dismissed the idea that Dan's departure could affect studio culture in any way, saying that Rockstar has maintained its best performance for the past few months.
Zelnick added: "Frankly, I just saw continuous improvement on Rockstar, and in terms of growth, engagement and innovation, I just saw it."
"Frankly, I am proud of the efficiency of the tag's operation. I think this year is one of the extraordinary powers, I mean, removing content on Red Dead Online and GTA Online that day and providing record content, including Engagement and player excitement and the accompanying revenue and profitability. So the situation couldn't be better. "
Take-Two did not disclose what Rockstar's next project is, except that the studio will continue to work on GTA Online and Red Dead Online.