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Environment Artist (Retro Studios)

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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Austin, TX

Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd. Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms. Retro Studios is located in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life. Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.


  • Consistently creates strong environment assets that demonstrate a solid understanding of the style, direction, and high-quality standards for each project
  • Creates environment scenes, demonstrating examples of strong composition and layout skills while considering hardware and design limitations and overall art vision of the project
  • Crafts incomplete ideas or verbal direction into polished environments
  • Encourages visual storytelling that strengthens the presentation of environmental spaces and assets through:
    • Highly detailed sculpting
    • Composition and world-building
    • Models at high quality and at technical standards
  • Takes ownership of environmental assets and scene layout while encouraging collaboration across multiple disciplines to achieve high quality, innovative environment art
  • Collaborates with the other Environment Artists as well as members of other disciplines (Concept Art, Design, etc.)

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties. The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.


  • Ideally three years' experience in Environment asset/environment construction (Retro will consider artists with more experience/less experience depending on their portfolio)
  • Prior knowledge and experience crafting 3D environment assets and scenes demonstrating:
    • Good sense of form, volume, structure, and silhouette
    • Familiarity with current modeling and texture workflows
    • Strong understanding of physically based rendering (PBR) pipelines
    • Strong understanding of composition and balance
    • Solid understanding of efficient low poly mesh techniques
    • Understanding of texel density, memory limitations, etc.
    • Strong visual and spatial storytelling skills
  • Experience with high poly sculpting and modeling software such as Z-Brush & Maya
  • Experience with Substance Designer and Substance Painter
  • Experience with world editors and level construction software
  • Experience with optimization and troubleshooting environments

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