Rockstar veteran Jeronimo Barrera leaves studio after 20 years

Rockstar veteran Jeronimo Barrera leaves studio after 20 years
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Rockstar Games has bid farewell to its vice president of product development Jeronimo Barrera, with the veteran dev leaving the Grand Theft Auto creator after more than 20 years with the company.

Barrera actually left Rockstar in December last year not long after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, and referred to his departure as a ‘natural progression.’ However, he’s yet to reveal his plans for the future.

‘I thought it was the best decision ever to get everybody on board to centralise the technology and the pipelines,’ Barrera said of his role. ‘It was a natural move and we were making sure that we had all of our best efforts making the best game possible. Not needing to reinvent the wheel every time.’

Chatting with Variety about leaving the industry giant, he added: ‘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***. I felt like it was hitting all of the right points.’

‘If I had stayed at Rockstar it would have been more GTAs, more RDRs and less of this other stuff going on out there right now.’

Barrera worked on some of Rockstar’s biggest games during his time with the company, including Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption, Bully, and Max Payne 3.