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Cryptic Studios Recruiting Software Engineer & VFX Artist

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Software Engineer – Audio/Graphics

Cryptic Studios is currently seeking a Software Engineer, Audio to create and maintain our audio pipeline and systems. You’ll work closely with Sound Designers, Leads, and other programmers in our studio to drive a great game audio experience for our players.
Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we offer the fun, focused, and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we look for people who have passion for what they do and work well in teams to create and operate fun and challenging online games.


Improve the workflows for how we get voice overs and other audio into our existing games.
Evaluate Third Party solutions for Audio for our next game, in concert with our Audio and Engine Teams.
Improve stability of the Audio code on all of our Shipping Platforms (Windows, Xbox One, PS4).
Add more advanced audio features to our new game.


The ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
Attention to details.
A passion for working in the Audio space, and a care for customer experience.
Very proficient in C/C++ programming and debugging, especially in multi-threaded code.
Proficient in source code version control systems such as Subversion or Git.
Experience with audio middleware, like FMOD or WWise.
Deep knowledge of audio fundamentals (filtering, reverb, compression schemes, etc.).
Experience with sound design, including digital signal processing (DSP) and data compression techniques.
4 year degree and 2 years of professional Audio or Tools Engineering experience, or the equivalent.


Experience with music and adaptive music systems.
Experience creating complex voice over playback systems.

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VFX Artist

Cryptic Studios is looking for exceptionally talented VFX Artists to bring real-time magic and mayhem to our games. If you like to blow things up and use smoke and mirrors to dazzle and impress, we have a place where you can channel your fascination for pyrotechnics and illusions.
We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we hire great people who love the work, the genre and the game!


Envisioning and creating handcrafted, real-time visual effects for Neverwinter, Star Trek or unannounced projects.
Collaborating with artists, designers, and engineers to visualize incredible gameplay and combat powers.
Adding life and color to our worlds through atmospherics, weather and environmental effects.
Technically implementing, integrating, troubleshooting and ensuring the performance of effects in our proprietary engine.
Iterating on game assets with fellow artists via paint overs, studies, and group critiques.


3+ years’ experience creating real-time visual effects for video games.
Extensive understanding of 3D graphics, shaders, particle systems, physics, ribbons, etc.
Excellent sense of VFX movement, animation, timing, impact and anticipation.
Demonstrated ability to visualize effects without concept art and create VFX textures from scratch, matching a broad range of styles.
Strong game design awareness and ability to create effects that support and communicate gameplay.
Technical aptitude and high level of comfort working with complex, node-based systems, scripts and proprietary tools.
Proven ability to create performance-minded visual effects within established budgets.
Expert level proficiency with Photoshop and 3ds Max or equivalent 2D and 3D software.
Self-motivated, humble, excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude.
BA or BS degree in art or equivalent work experience.


Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art.
Proficiency with Houdini and/or other VFX simulation tools.
Basic understanding of animation and simple rigging ability.
Experience using Substance Designer/Painter in a production environment.
Passion for the Dungeons & Dragons and/or Star Trek franchises preferred.


Resume and cover letter.
Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating consistently brilliant, eye-catching, real-time VFX.
An art test may be required.

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