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Leslie Benzies has departed as the head of Rockstar North after a 15 year run. According to Rockstar, Benzies had been on sabbatical for the past 17 months prior to the official departure.

Benzies started with Rockstar back when it was still called DMA Design. He served as the Producer on Grand Theft Auto 3 and nearly ever sequel afterwards. He was also the Producer on Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire. A statement made to Kotaku earlier today confirmed the news.

It is also reported that Aaron Garbut and Rob Nelson have taken leadership roles at the studio.