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Visceral Games GM leaves EA

Steve Papoutsis departs publisher following release of Battlefield Hardline, is succeeded at studio by Scott Probst

Just weeks after the launch of its latest game, Battlefield Hardline, Visceral Games is dealing with the departure of a senior developer. Kotaku reports that Visceral Games general manager Steve Papoutsis has left the studio.

An EA representative confirmed the news for the site, saying "We are thankful for Steve's many contributions to EA and wish him the best."

Papoutsis had worked out of the Redwood Shores-based studio for almost 15 years, long before it adopted the Visceral Games branding in 2009. He was particularly associated with the Dead Space sci-fi horror action series, which he oversaw as franchise executive producer.

Electronic Arts has already tapped Papoutsis' successor at Visceral, putting Scott Probst into the role. Probst has been with EA since 2003, and most recently served as senior producer for Battlefield Hardline.