A new world and a new journey await you. It is a world different from any other Blizzard has created.
If you’re a passionate game developer, and, well, a good human being, then we’d love to talk to you. We have a new AAA survival game in the works, set in a new IP for PC/Console. It’s going to be amazing, and we’d love to bring you along for the ride. Together, we’ll build something big, bold, and beautiful.
As the Art Director you'd be joining a world class team to be instrumental in the leadership and illustration of the game’s vision. This position would be responsible for leading a growing team, establishing direction, consistency and helping to establish the game’s Identity.
As part of studio leadership, this director will report to the project Executive Producer and will collaborate with the team leadership to ensure alignment and continuity across teams. The Art Director will provide feedback and communicate execution standards to guide the vision of the game; allowing the team creative flexibility and support wherever needed. Finding and maintaining the right balance between quality and speed is a top priority - this director will ensure that our assets are both on time, at quality bar, and performant in engine.
This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA.
Actively define, evangelize, and evolve creative direction for the IP.
Act as direct supervisor for Art team leads and set standards for ART team members
Direct and lead the creative delivery of visual benchmarks.
Direct and lead the creative delivery of all Art deliverables.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences
Work with other directors, team leads, and studio leadership to define and help implement franchise and/or studio-wide initiatives
Partner with Cinematics Directors to establish continuity between gameplay and cinematics
Work with production and leadership to manage project scope, including managing the balance between optimization and visual quality
Anticipate future project challenges, spearhead solutions, and set high-level goals for the team
Identify and drive forward next-gen technologies and R&D efforts for the studio.
Productive feedback and brainstorming
Strong cross-departmental communication and ability to work with teams in different locations
Positive attitude, strong work ethic and the ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment
Extremely strong Artistic and interpersonal problem-solving skills
Experience providing strategic leadership for gameplay animation as world-building leader on AAA titles.
Proven experience leading a specialized team of individuals in your field to meet goals on time and at quality
Able to guide an entire team, ensuring the quality/vision are consistent and the appropriate style over the course of a project, with emphasis on fantasy.
Understanding of Open world and survival game asset and production requirements.
Deep understanding and ability to work inside of game engines
Ability to evaluate and solve workflow inefficiencies.
We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.
We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.
At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.
The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.
We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:
Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.
Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.
In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $134,000.00 - $247,900.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.