Rockstar North boss Leslie Benzies resigns after 17 years

Rockstar North boss Leslie Benzies resigns after 17 years

Rockstar North President Leslie Benzies has bid farewell to the studio after 17 years and a handful of extremely influential video games beneath his belt. As the top of Rockstar North, Benzies was the lead developer of the Grand Theft Auto collection from Grand Theft Auto three on, and he produced Pink Lifeless Redemption, Manhunt 2, LA Noire and Max Payne three. Benzies was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Corridor of Fame in 2014, alongside Rockstar founders Dan Houser and Sam Houser.

In a press release offered to Engadget, Rockstar says that Benzies left on sabbatical on September 1st, 2014 — yep, greater than a yr in the past — and he is determined to not return to the corporate.

“We’re very grateful for Leslie’s contributions to Rockstar during the last 15 years as we labored collectively to make some superb video games,” the assertion reads. “Leslie helped us construct an unimaginable workforce that may proceed to create nice experiences for our followers. Leslie will all the time be a good friend to the corporate and naturally we’re going to miss him however we want him the very best for the longer term.”

With Benzies out of the image (and doubtless hanging out in his very personal Scottish church), longtime Rockstar North artwork administrators Aaron Garbut and Rob Nelson are answerable for no matter’s subsequent for the studio.