As reported by Insider Gaming and first noticed by Battlefield YouTuber DannyonPC, FPS veteran and Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto seems to have left his director place at Ridgeline Video games, an EA subsidiary, where he was engaged on the subsequent Battlefield game.

As artwork director on the primary three Halo video games, Lehto had an enormous influence on the sci-fi collection’ iconic look. Lehto was then artistic director on the latter Halo video games made by Bungie and a part of the unique Future group earlier than departing the corporate. Lehto based studio V1 in 2014, which struggled to search out an viewers for its experimental hoverbike FPS-RTS, Disintegration, earlier than shutting down in 2021.

Lehto moved on to Ridgeline below EA that very same yr, with the studio stated to be engaged on FPS video games. It was later revealed that Lehto was director of narrative on the Battlefield franchise below the general management of Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella.

It appeared like a superb match, with Lehto making use of his experience in FPS campaigns to revive the only participant component of the traditionally multiplayer-focused collection. Battlefield’s most up-to-date entry, the once-maligned, now-redeemed 2042, didn’t have a single participant marketing campaign.

Lehto has not made a press release concerning the change, however has up to date his LinkedIn and Twitter bio to replicate that his time within the place ended this month. I’ve reached out to EA for remark, and can update this story if I hear again.

As for what Lehto’s departure means for Battlefield, a management shakeup like that is by no means an encouraging signal, whereas DannyonPC additionally notes that Ridgeline’s artwork director, Chris Matthews, left the corporate for Halo steward 343 Industries in January.