Location: 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.
We Want You
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.
Do you like discussing rivets, ribbons, IKs, and deformers? Do you want to collaborate with outstanding artists, technical artists, designers, and external partners to help solve some of our most sophisticated problems? Do you get passionate about bringing your outstanding and diverse experiences to the table and helping other people in a variety of ways? Do you like to mentor and share your knowledge with others? Then let’s talk!
We believe our team is good. Really good. Granted, we’re obviously biased. But we also believe there are lots of developers out there who can make us even better. You could be one of those people. If you’re looking for a team where inclusion, thoughtfulness, empathy, integrity, and collaboration are all seen as critically important, we believe our team could be a phenomenal fit for you. Join us and help craft our future!
You bring with you experience in:
Lead communication, provide feedback to external technical artists, and help maintain a strong creative relationship between external and internal art team.
Generate detailed documentation, video reference, and examples of art asset production, procedures, and engine requirements to support the external artists.
Be responsible for the quality control over all incoming art assets, providing detailed feedback and approvals to external artists to deliver quality assets to the development team.
Authoring sophisticated and flexible character rigs if necessary
High proficiency in character Skinning, Rigging and Technical Workflows
Teaming up with Engineers and Technical Artists to help further the state of development tools
Familiarity with multiple areas of content creation with a focus on character technical art such as rigging, skinning, and clothes simulation
Supervise external tech artists to Implement approved assets into the game engine, along with making any needed fixes to keep assets consistent and game ready.
Work closely with the outsource art director, Internal technical artist and production team to determine outsourcing needs.
Extra awesome points for:
Experience working with outsourcing teams and/or art outsourcing vendors
Proficient in one or more of the following DCC applications
Maya, ZBrush, Motionbuilder, Havok, Houdini
Familiarity writing tools in Python or C++ for DCC applications such as Maya and Perforce.
Must be highly organized, driven, customer focused, and a great standout colleague.
Strong technical problem-solving skills
Familiar with next generation asset creation pipelines and tools
Teaching and management experience
You will need to provide us with:
Your Portfolio or Reel – Only digital applications will be accepted such as a website, blog, or online album. Physical media will not be accepted
Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work/life balance. We've worked hard to champion an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything, and our core values are real.
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! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.
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, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Come help us bring the world together through epic entertainment!
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.
In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $80,800.00 - $149,400.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.