ARK: Survival Evolved - VFX / Tech Artist - Seattle, WA


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ARK: Survival Evolved - VFX / Tech Artist - Seattle, WA

Studio Wildcard, creators of the smash indie hit ARK: Survival Evolved, was founded in 2014 by industry veterans Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak. ARK is the most successful Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview title ever and continues to break industry records on consoles and PC. We are looking for a skilled VFX/ Tech Artist to join our team and expand on the ARK universe.

APPLY by emailing [email protected] directly

Responsibilities:
Work closely with designers, engineers and related artists to design, create and place VFX for games
Export Character Models and Animations from 3Ds Max/Maya and import them into Unreal
Create and Maintain Animation Set, Character Models, and Physics Assets.
Work in tandem with the FX teams to setup, attach and troubleshoot FX issues.
Constantly review the content creation pipeline to identify and fix any possible pipeline or technology deficiencies for the art department
Design, develop, document, and improve content pipelines
Seek out and fix performance issues including, but not limited to: framerate issues, memory problems, material errors, and collision issues
Work closely with engineers and leads to troubleshoot art pipelines as needed
Meticulous, organized approach to creating technically efficient and visually compelling VFX assets

Requirements:
Portfolio of work demonstrating proficiency in creating and implementing VFX in a real-time game environment
Ability to create all assets related to VFX production
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Digital Art, related field or equivalent work experience
2+ years of experience working in game development

Pluses:
At least one shipped game as a VFX/ Tech Artist
Familiarity with Unreal 4
Houdini Knowledge

Required Application Materials:
Resume
Demo reel with breakdown/explanation of what you did
Cover Letter which should include
Why you are interested in working for Studio Wildcard
What games you are currently playing

About The Game
ARK: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players must hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against punishing climate conditions, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies. Tame and ride one of nearly 100 prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in video games! Fly a Pterodactyl squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with a pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex.


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