Battlefield Hardline manager leaves EA

EA has replaced Visceral Games' Steve Papoutsis with Scott Probst as general manager of the studio.

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Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral Games will no longer have Steve Papoutsis as its general manager as Electronic Arts has replaced him with Scott Probst.

Papoutsis work on the Dead Space series as well as assisting with the launch of Visceral Games’ latest project, Battlefield Hardline. As of now, the exact reasons as to why Papoutsis was replaced are unknown at this moment, although an EA representative responded to the report by saying “We are thankful for Steve’s many contributions to EA and wish him the best.”

Dead Space 3, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel and Battlefield Hardline didn’t exactly sell as well as we’re sure EA would have liked in the US, which could be seen as a hint as to why EA decided to replace Papoutsis. Either way, this change in management could hopefully be the catalyst to help bring the development studio back to its glory days.

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    April 9, 2015 2:10 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Battlefield Hardline manager leaves EA

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      April 9, 2015 2:14 PM

      It's a shame that this producer is catching shit for poor sales on Hardline when that is 100% DICE and EA's fault. The state of BF3 and BF4 for the first year they were out was unacceptable and ensured I won't pick up another BF at launch again.

      I am worried that Battlefront will be a mess too. I wonder which unrelated person they will fire when that happens?

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        April 9, 2015 2:17 PM

        I like the Hardline concept. If they had realistic car damage I would have bought in. But BF4 and Titanfall taught me to just wait and get it on the cheap later.

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        April 9, 2015 3:07 PM

        BF4 was sort of a hot mess but it was more fun than anything else at the time, for myself at least. I didn't have nearly as much trouble as many others so knock on wood. I think my biggest beef with Hardline is that it just doesn't look fun to me, at all, so no sales. Sorry to hear someone lost a job over it, I guess EA management has to hang someone out to dry for it, EA certainly won't take the blame for shoddy game design. I'm pretty sure Battlefront will be a can't miss game at this point, they just need maps that don't suck as hard as the crap they shoveled out for BF4. Worst map packs ever.

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        April 9, 2015 6:00 PM

        I don't thibk EA can get away with what is basically a BF4.5 people see through a quick cash grab. Although the campaign was interesting.

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      April 9, 2015 2:25 PM

      I can't say I'm real happy with BF:H Hell, I was playing between BF3 & BF4.

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      April 9, 2015 3:21 PM

      EA retirement ceremony: http://media.giphy.com/media/TchBEgF5Hk0q4/giphy.gif