Visceral Games’ VP Steve Papoutsis departs EA after 15 years – What Impact Will This Have on Visceral Games’ Star Wars Title?
Visceral Games head Steve Papoutsis is no longer with the company according to a report from Kotaku. Scott Probst has taken over the general manager position at Visceral Games. Probst is the son of EA chairman of the board Larry Probst.
An EA representative stated to Eurogamer
“We are thankful for Steve’s many contributions to EA and wish him the best.”
"The Visceral team continues to be focused on new game content for Battlefield Hardline including expansion packs, as well as new development projects."
Steve Papoutsis served as executive producer on Battlefield Hardline, as well as the popular Dead Space series. After fifteen years he has left the company, although we are not aware whether it was on his own accord or a decision of the company.
Probst, who is replacing Papoutsis as general manager at Visceral Games has a long history with the company as well.
Scott Probst, who's been with EA since 2003 and most recently served as senior producer on Battlefield Hardline, where he led development on its multiplayer. Prior to that he worked on such series as Medal of Honor, Lord of the Rings, Command & Conquer, Dead Space and other Battlefield titles. Apparently his forte is in handling multiplayer development.
This is quite a surprising turn of events, and at this point I am mostly worried about the new Star Wars title currently under development from the studio, and what impact will the change in the position have on the game. The title might make a debut at The Star Wars Celebration on April 17 2015.
We will bring you any news from EA and Visceral games as it becomes available. Right now all focus is geared towards the gameplay debut of Star Wars Battlefront at the Star Wars Celebration event. Be sure to check out our previous EA coverage for more here and here.
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