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Rockstar’s Vice President Of Development Jeronimo Barrera Leaves After 20 Years

Rockstar’s Vice President Of Development Jeronimo Barrera Leaves After 20 Years

After two decades working on almost every Rockstar game going, from the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead series to the likes of Bully and L.A. Noire, Vice President of Development Jeronimo Barrera has left the company. He actually departed in the middle of December 2018, but the news of his stepping down has only just broken.

Speaking to Variety, he revealed that he left after development on Red Dead Redemption 2 was completed. "I pretty much left when it was done, it was a natural progression."

"I looked at what I would be doing for the next few years if I stayed on and where I was in life with my family, my kids, my desire to make cool s**t. I felt like it was hitting all of the right points."

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Rockstar Games grew considerably during Barrera's time there, with the company currently operating nine offices and studios from the UK, where it was founded, to India. The sheer scale of their production process has generated a lot of controversy, however, especially on the issue of crunch and the hours that employees clocked in order to get Red Dead 2 done on time.

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Responding to the criticism surrounding the studio's 2018 hit, which reportedly necessitated 100-hour working weeks to finish, Barrera didn't have much to say.

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"You make the best things in the world by being your best self," he said. "I think Rockstar made the best stuff ever by getting the best out of people. We all work hard. The majority of the people who work at Rockstar think it's all f***ing great, they take care of you and it's all fun."

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Bully

While he didn't offer any details on his future plans he did say: "I think we are in a new dawn of the industry where there is a lot of cool s**t happening in terms of the technology, not just in the console world, but with how games are published, the technology out there. I think virtual reality and augmented reality are amazing things. We're just in the baby steps of that stuff."

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Do you think Rockstar will change at all, with Barrera's departure? What's your favourite game that the studio has put out in the last 20 years. And will we *ever* see a Bully sequel? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Topics: Bully, Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto

Sam Greer

Sam Greer is a freelance writer/video creator, loud Scot and one of only three Lightning Returns fans. She has written for several outlets including the BBC, the Guardian, Eurogamer, PC Gamer and GamesMaster. Covers a wide range of topics but likes to champion games that do things a little differently.