Added by on 2017-08-05

Cloud Imperium Game Recruiting Animator, Senior Lighting Artist, Lead Environment Artist, VFX Artist, Producer, Senior Tools Programmer, Senior Cinematic Designer & Senior Game/AI Programmer

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Animator

Description

Cloud Imperium Games is looking for an Animator to join us in our Austin studio!

Responsibilities:

• Collaborate with Animation Director, Animation Lead and Senior Animators on implementing animations within the game engine
• Work with motion capture data to implement locomotion sets, background characters and scripted events
• Key-frame ability also a requirement for 1st person Player actions and non-human characters.
• Ensure timely completion of animation commitments at the desired quality bar
• Partners with designers, programmers and other departments involved
• and such other duties and responsibilities assigned by Cloud Imperium Games reasonably consistent with employee’s skills and experience

Requirements:

• 2+ years of professional experience in game development – in an Animator capacity
• Shipped (from pre-production to release) 1-2+, large scale, 3D titles (PC, current/next-gen consoles)
• Positive, solution-orientated individual with a passion for game development
• Ability to create fluid, smooth, realistic animations with specific demonstration of animation fundamentals
• Proficient in Motionbuilder and Motion editing
• Good Knowledge with Maya
• Experience with next generation AAA game engines
• An understanding of effective asset creation and optimization
• High degree of self-motivation and initiative
• Inherent ability to bring out the best in people around you, remains positive, and motivate your team
• Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to gather, analyse, and act on feedback from the team, openness to critique
• Passion and constant drive to stay up to date with latest technology and new techniques
• International travel may be required as part of the role

Pluses:

• Knowledge with CryENGINE
• Motion Capture experience (Motionbuilder)
• Cinematography knowledge
• Experience with rigging
• Strong interest in science fiction based themes
• Experience with Outsourcing and/or collaboration with external studios
• Experience with 3DS Max
• Experience with Motionbuilder Python Scripting
• Experience with OptiTrack System and Motion capture shoots is a bonus

No Recruiters or Agencies Please

Please Note: Individuals submitting resumes or otherwise responding to employment opportunities are NOT considered applicants until they apply for a particular position and have been invited to complete the company’s employment application.

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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Senior Lighting Artist

Description

The Senior Lighting Artist will work in a cooperative, international, cross-disciplinary team environment, possessing solid artistic skills, including a thorough understanding of color theory, composition, light, and form. They should have experience with a 3D CG package, demonstrating a solid understanding of rendering, lighting, shading networks, polygonal modeling, and texture UV’s. They should also demonstrate a strong ability to utilize in-house tools to solve technical problems and improve performance as well as interacting with engineers to help develop new tools and workflows.

Responsibilities:

Involved in look-development around key surfaces and shaders to ensure lighting delivers against visual reference
Creating both the exterior and interior lighting within environments and cut scenes.
Placing and adjustment of light sources within the environment.
Tweaking of shading materials and textures to improve the perception of the lighting.
Post processing; color grading, exposure, SSAO, bloom, tone mapping curves etc.
Contributing to the development and placement of special effects related to lighting and atmosphere, such as light flares, fog, god rays and camera optics.
Prototyping the use of lighting technology to reach the visual targets defined by the art direction.
Profile existing and future levels to maximize the quality of lighting on characters and environments while staying within performance budgets.

Experience & Skills:

Experience in creating and shipping AAA quality titles as a real-time lighting artist.
Deep understanding of CG lighting technology, both real-time and software rendering.
Strong sense of lighting theory; color space, exposure, light fixtures, natural light, reflections etc.
Good understanding of cinematography and dramaturgy; the use of camera technology, scene blocking and lighting to set the mood.
Good understanding and experience with physical based lighting system
Being pro-active in the use of lighting as a powerful tool in gameplay clarity. For example; to guide the player forward, highlight objectives and enemies.
An ability to thoroughly digest the art direction and be a champion for executing it in the game.
Skilled at balancing visual quality against performance requirements.
Thorough knowledge of the game development process.
Great communication skills and an ability to work autonomously with minimal guidance.
Working knowledge of Maya, and/or other commercial 3D authoring packages.

Requirements:

International travel may be required as part of the role
Willing to relocate to Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Excellent English communication and written skills

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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Lead Environment Artist

Description

Foundry 42 Ltd. is looking for a Lead Environment Artist to drive the art production and pipelines for the First Person Shooter areas of Star Citizen/Squadron 42 with the production and engine groups across multiple studios.
The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of environment asset creation and modular kit-based construction methodologies. They understand all phases of environment creation from block-out through lighting. They work well and communicate with designers and other disciplines in a collaborative team oriented development process.
Sample pictures or portfolio link, which shows sample work are necessary.

Portfolio or demo reel should demonstrate:

Exceptional modeling skills. Great assets examples using custom normal workflow or high to low poly baking
Strong understanding of a PBR workflow
Examples of building realistic shader libraries
Examples of beautifully finished environments
Ability to create game ready assets, that work well within the given technical limitations
Very strong texturing skills and excellent knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
Keen eye on detail and realism
A strong sense for composition, color and light
At least average drawing/painting skills

Responsibilities:

· Lead the creation of environment creation
· Lead by example to set the Environment Art quality level, and technical best practices
· Define art production budgets, pipelines, workflows and processes
· Be a go-to person for expert knowledge of modeling, texturing and optimization of assets through next gen pipeline
· Take direction, give direction, iterate on look and feel, gather feedback from the entire team and lead review of other artists work
· Work with Art and Game Directors to define and shape the overall look and feel of the game
· Work closely with the design team to detail the goals and functionality of game levels and needed environment props
· Work with production to determine asset requirements, scheduling needs, and integration processes
· Work with technical artists and engineers in the development and streamlining of tools and processes

Requirements:

· 5+ years professional game production experience
· 1+ year experience in a leadership role
· Previous experience creating high quality environments for AAA games
· Thorough knowledge of the game development process
· Shipped (from pre-production to release) 2-3+, large scale, 3D titles (PC, current/next-gen consoles)
· A strong ability to create believable environments within a games engine
· Strong knowledge of 3DS Max, Photoshop and Zbrush / Mudbox as well as experience in using editors to lay out environments
· Good understanding of custom normal asset workflows
· Strong knowledge of Substance / Quixel packages
· Ability to derive a well-structured lowpoly model from the high poly model
· Strong understanding of efficient UV layout for lowpoly objects
· Strong understanding of modular level creation methods
· Experience creating environments using modular systems
· An understanding of effective asset creation and optimization
· A strong understanding of shader functionality
· In-depth knowledge and/or experience with PBR
· Experience applying and tweaking shaders
· A keen eye for spatial composition and building believable scenes
· Excellent sense of form, mass and volume
· Passion for pushing the state of the art in asset fidelity and production techniques
· Strong understanding of asset pipelines and agile development environments
· Passion and constant drive to stay up to date with latest technology and new techniques
· Inherent ability to bring out the best in people around you, remains positive, and motivate your team
· Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
· Ability to gather, analyse, and act on feedback from the team, openness to critique
· Focused, motivated and effective on all tasks through completion
· Keep a positive team-oriented attitude
· Be proactive and self-motivated, work without direct supervision
· Ability to complete tasks within given time constraints
· Excellent English communication and written skills
· International travel may be required as part of the role

Pluses:

· Knowledge with CryENGINE
· Hard surface modeling experience
· Experience with programmatic and/or parametric environment generation tools
· Experience in architecture, interior or industrial design
· Experience creating assets for Open World games
· Strong interest in science fiction based themes
· Experience with Outsourcing and/or collaboration with external studios
· The ability to manage and supervise mid-level and junior artists and willingness to carry out mentorship tasks

Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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VFX Artist

Description

Foundry 42 is looking for a VFX Artists of all experience levels. Applicants must be capable of creating high quality visual effects for video games. You will be working on the cutting edge of video game development, working closely with our talented art, design and programming teams as you create visual effects for Science Fiction environments, vehicles and weapons.

Responsibilities

* Work closely with other artists, designers and programmers to implement Art Director’s vision.
* Create convincing VFX through all stages of the game development process, from conception to completion.
* Maintain a consistently high visual quality across a wide range of effects, from vast space environments to small weapons – and everything in between.
* Optimize effects to run efficiently in-game whilst maintaining high visual quality.

Requirements

* Thorough knowledge of the game development process.(if mid to senior level)
* Keen eye for detail and ability to break down existing effects in games and films.
* Be highly self-motivated and show initiative.
* Be able to rise to challenges and problem solve when required.
* Passion to raise the bar in real-time VFX.
* Excellent with Real-time particle systems, Offline fluid sims (for example: FumeFX) and 2D packages (for example: Photoshop and After Effects)
* International travel may be required as part of the role.

Pluses

* Experience with Cry Engine.
* In-depth knowledge of cutting edge visual effects practises in the video game and film industries.
* Strong verbal and written communication skills.
* A passion for video games.

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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Producer

Description

Would you like to be a part of a team making video game history? The international studio Cloud Imperium Games under the direction of Chris Roberts, creator of Wing Commander, is seeking an accomplished aand experienced Producer to join DE team based at Foundry 42 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The Associate Producer will help deliver the requirements for the cutting edge development of the record breaking crowd-funded project, space-simulation FPSMMO “Star Citizen” and the action-packed cinematic story campaign game “Squadron 42” with its star-studded cast including Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, John Rhys-Davies, and Mark Strong (to name just a few…).

Responsibilities

Serve as a driving force for “Star Citizen” and “Squadron 42”, facilitating communication, organization, and accountability across each department, and reporting to the Senior Producer
Own specific pipelines and/or teams that relate to the overall success of the game and drive them to a timely completion
Work with Directors, pipeline producers and leads to plan overarching schedules and draft respective roadmaps
Create, track and manage all tasks and ensure that schedules are maintained and adjusted accordingly for all up-coming releases and deadlines
Compile and send out regular reports on team progress and accomplishments
Identify, communicate and resolve any risks that may prevent the team from completing any defined deadlines
Provide direction and motivation to team members, making sure that goals and deadlines are realistic and achieved
Work with team leads to develop efficient work methods and pipelines

Requirements

A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a video game Producer
Worked on a full AAA-project life cycle
Proficient with standard project management development tools (MS Project, JIRA, MS Office etc)
Strong English verbal and written communication
Skilled in project management methodologies
Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative
Excellent problem solver
Passion for Video Games, especially sci-fi, FPS games and space simulations
Willing to relocate to Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Pluses

Project Management certifications such as Prince2, Agile, Scrum, and Kanban
Knowledge of space simulations, FPS games, and MMOs
Previous experience with the CryENGINE/Lumberyard
Proficiency with Atlassian Confluence, Perforce and Shotgun software

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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Senior Tools Programmer

Description

Foundry 42 Ltd in Frankfurt, Germany is looking for a Senior Tools Programmer to drive the tools and pipeline production for the First Person Shooter areas of Star Citizen with the production and engine groups across multiple studios.

Responsibilities

• Design, create, document, maintain, and improve content development tools for all disciplines
• Collaborate closely and effectively with artists, designers, other content developers, and software engineers on the requirements and design of tools
• Investigate and evaluate new third-party game development tools
• Propose tools and methods to increase efficiency and quality of content development
• Work closely with and support users of tools in person and remotely
• Work close with all disciplines to define efficient pipelines for all production phases
• Work with production to determine tool/pipeline requirements, scheduling needs, and integration processes

Requirements

• 4+ years’ experience in a Tools Programmer capacity
• Expert experience using and writing plug-ins for DCC applications (e.g. 3ds Max, XSI, Blender, Sketch Up, Z-Brush, Photoshop, etc.)
• Strong understanding of asset data processing pipelines, algorithms, data formats for intermediate and final platform storage, workflow, performance impacts
• Multithreading and compute experience
• Ability to work on mathematical heavy pipelines such as animation
• Fluent in C++, strong software engineering and debugging skills
• Experience with C#, .NET, Python, Mel, MaxScript
• Experience with software engineering best practices
• Ability to work in a collaborative programming environment
• Willing to accept and provide direction, work well under pressure, and handle multiple tasks
• Passion for making and supporting great tools
• Ability to contribute to ideas towards all aspects of tools production and development
• High degree of self-motivation and initiative
• Inherent ability to bring out the best in people around you, remains positive, and motivate your team
• Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to gather, analyse, and act on feedback from the team, openness to critique
• Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical parties
• Passion and constant drive to stay up to date with latest technology and new techniques
• Excellent English communication and written skills
• Willing to relocate to Frankfurt am Main, Germany
• International travel may be required as part of the role

Pluses

• Knowledge with CryENGINE
• Strong interest in science fiction based themes
• Online game and/or MMO development experience
• Space combat sim development experience
• Multi-threaded or distributed system programming skills
• Relational database programming experience (SQL, TSQL, PL/SQL)
• Experience with UI and frameworks (Qt, and to some extend MFC)

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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Senior Cinematic Designer

Description

Foundry 42 in Frankfurt, Germany is looking for a Senior Cinematic Designer to create high-quality cutscenes for Squadron 42 under the direction of the Cinematic Directors.

Responsibilities:

Scripting, layout, and incorporation of in-game and/or pre-rendered cutscenes, level locations and cutscene elements using the CryENGINE/Lumberyard Sandbox Editor
Create art and VFX assets for cutscenes by using existing tools based upon needs
Work closely with Cinematic and Cinematic Art Directors to assure a high degree of quality on all cutscenes
Assist in documentation of cinematic development processes and techniques
Coordinate with cross-studio groups including art, animation, audio and production to achieve project objectives
Provide guidance and assistance where required, and is willing to accept guidance and assistance when required
Show a strong passion for making the highest quality state of the art games
Contribute innovative and original ideas towards all aspects of game production and development
Actively participate in team working on project by making recommendations on how to improve product quality as well as group productivity
Mentor and supervise less experienced designers to increase overall scene design quality

Requirements:

4+ years of professional experience in game development – in a Cinematic Artist/Design capacity
Shipped (from pre-production to release) 2-3+, large scale, 3D titles (PC, current/next-gen consoles)
Experienced understanding and ability to build high-quality cutscenes with a focus on cinematic techniques including: camera angles, scene layout and blocking, color and lighting design, and actor blocking
A thorough understanding of cinematic production pipelines and the processes involved from the conceptual phase to implementation
Demonstrable CG experience in commercials, features and/or games
Strong layout and camera animation skills
Understanding of animation, timing, staging and storytelling techniques
Clear understanding of film language, cinematography, demonstrating strong composition, continuity and camera angle choices
Follow direction as well as provide imaginative, creative solutions to problems
Experience with next generation AAA game engines
High degree of self-motivation and initiative
Inherent ability to bring out the best in people around you, remains positive, and motivate your team
Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
Ability to gather, analyse, and act on feedback from the team, openness to critique
Passion and constant drive to stay up to date with latest technology and new techniques
Excellent English communication and written skills
International travel may be required as part of the role
Willing to relocate to Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Pluses:

Knowledge with CryENGINE/Lumberyard, especially the Sandbox toolset
Experience in using scripting tools including: AI, in-game interactive sequences, scenario design, etc
Cinematography knowledge
Strong interest in science fiction based themes
Experience with story boarding, gesture drawing and composition
Experience with making film

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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Senior Game/AI Programmer

Description

Foundry 42 Ltd in Frankfurt, Germany is looking for a talented and experienced Senior Game/AI Programmer to drive AI/Game Code development for the First Person Shooter areas of Star Citizen/Squadron 42 with the code and production groups across multiple studios.

Responsibilities:

• Work with existing engine code base to develop and enhance game play. This includes player / world interaction, AI strategies and rules, game play, etc.
• Develop game code and extend AI code for a high profile game
• Design and implement well-engineered, reliable, maintainable, and bug-free code
• Collaborate with team members to develop various gameplay systems
• Develop and test code, fix bugs, and profile and optimize code as directed
• Follow best practices, development processes, and coding standards
• Document and peer review technical designs with other software engineers
• Work with QA, providing information needed to fully test developed code
• Keep up to date on state-of-the-art software engineering methods, practices, and technologies
• Actively participate in team working on project by making recommendations on how to improve product quality as well as group productivity
• Provide input to department project status meetings
• Work well together with other team members in a cooperative, cross-disciplinary team environment
• Identify technical and developmental risks/obstacles and generate solutions to overcome identified risks
• Possess and develop areas of engineering expertise
• Mentor other engineers as needed to increase their abilities and productivity

Requirements:

• 5+ years professional game production experience
• Shipped (from pre-production to release) 2-3+, large scale, 3D titles (PC, current/next-gen consoles)
• Excellent understanding of C++
• Strong software engineering and debugging skills
• Experience with current console and PC development processes
• Experience with state-of-the-art game development tools and methods
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Experience programming game features and systems, especially player-visible game features
• Knowledge of 3D math
• Strong multi-threaded programming skills
• Continue to enhance programming and communications skills
• Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
• Focused, motivated and effective on all tasks through completion
• Keep a positive team-oriented attitude
• Be proactive and self-motivated, work without direct supervision
• Ability to complete tasks to a consistent high quality standard within given time constraints
• Excellent English communication and written skills
• Willing to relocate to Frankfurt am Main, Germany
• International travel may be required as part of the role

Pluses:

• Knowledge with CryENGINE
• Lua and/or Python development skills
• UI development experience, including Scaleform and/or Flash/AS2/AS3 knowledge
• Online game and/or MMO development experience, including client/server development of game features
• Strong interest in science fiction based themes
• Space combat sim development experience
• Bachelor degree in Computer Science, a similar degree or comparable experience
• Previous experience in a combat, melee or shooter based game a

Apply here:- Recruitment@cloudimperiumgames.com
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