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If you're a Senior 3D Character Artist or 3D Background Artist in Japan or looking to relocate to Japan, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of our team.

About the role:

You will be involved in all aspects of background design and 3D character modeling in game development.

The specific duties are as follows.

  • Character design (humans, creatures, weapons, etc.) or backgrounds that match game design

  • 3D character or background model production (modeling, sculpting, skinning, setup, etc.)

  • Technical support for 3D character or background production

Experience & Requirements

  • Those with 5 or more years of character or background modeling experience in the game industry

  • Those who have experience using multiple DCCs such as Maya, Zbrush, Substance Painter, Houdini, etc.

  • Those who have experience in character or background modeling using Unity or Unreal engine

  • Those who have knowledge of shaders and scripts

  • Those who have knowledge of 3DCG high-end graphics

  • Speaks Japanese at N1 or N2 level


The salary range for senior character or background artists is as follows:

4.8-9.6 million yen per year (400,000-800,000 yen per month)

The starting salary will be determined based on the applicant's experience and evaluation during the interview.

There will be a trial period of 6 months after joining the company, but there will be no particular impact or change in salary during that period.

Salary increase/bonus

  • There is a personnel evaluation once a year, and salaries are reviewed based on experience and contribution to projects.

  • Salary increases are given around October-November of each year based on the budget and financial forecast for the following year.

  • No bonus will be paid.


  • Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

  • Summer/winter vacation: 5 days a year for both (paid, applicable after trial period ends)

  • Annual paid vacation: 10 days/year (first year, granted after trial period)

  • Congratulatory and condolence leave

  • Sick leave: 5 days a year (paid, applicable after trial period)

Other benefits:

  • Social insurance

  • Childcare leave

Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Commitment: Keywords Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. If you require any adjustments during the process please let us know in your application. We are committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation. We especially welcome applications from candidates of underrepresented groups in the industry.


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