Visceral Games vice president and general manager Steve Papoutsis has left the studio, EA has confirmed to VideoGamer.com following an earlier report on Kotaku.

Papoutsis leaves EA just weeks after the launch of Battlefield Hardline, the studio's first release in the hit shooter series, and after 15 years at the publisher. Prior to Hardline he helped contribute to games in the Dead Space, Army of Two and Lord of the Rings series.

He is to be replaced by Scott Probst, the son of former EA chairman Larry Probst.

"I can confirm Steve is no longer with EA," an EA spokesperson told VideoGamer.com. "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."

Papoutsis was promoted to general manager at Visceral following the departure of former GM Glen Schofield in 2009. Schofield went on to co-found Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games with Visceral partner Michael Condrey.

As well as DLC for Battlefield Hardline, Visceral is currently developing a new Star Wars action title.

Source: EA (via kotaku.com)