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Based in Osaka, Japan, the studio formerly known as Digital Kids was acquired by Ubisoft in 2008. Since then, the studio built up a wealth of experience developing for console, handheld, and mobile platforms. The studio released many successful titles, notably for the Petz® brand, and worked on games for a number of high profile partners including Tetris®, The Smurfs™, and The Disney Channel. Ubisoft Osaka collaborated with the Ubisoft San Francisco studio on the development of South Park™ The Fractured But Whole™ and the Rocksmith® franchise. With an eye on the future, the studio continues to grow in size with a focus on fostering its close working relationship with Ubisoft San Francisco to develop upcoming AAA projects.

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Job Description

As Lead Character Artist you are responsible for managing the team to deliver AAA characters and character related assets in our art production teams, for trouble shooting character related issues and participate in the planning for the project characters. You will also develop your team through excellent communication skills and mentoring.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Managing, developing and inspiring the character artist team

  • Content creation of characters across all areas of the game as defined together with the Art Director, which sets the industry leading standard for the team and the project

  • Work with and mentor character artists to provide clear direction and set expectations character requirements

  • Setting up, maintaining and documenting character production pipelines

  • Close collaboration with the Art Director to work within the visual style of the game

  • Balance quality and efficiency of work to gain the best possible results within in the given time frame and technical constraints

  • Ability to skillfully optimize characters to game-ready quality

  • Cooperation with other Ubisoft teams globally on a daily basis

Qualifications

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience as a character artist in game development, with at least one AAA title shipped, leadership experience is a plus

  • Exceptional understanding of next gen asset creation workflows with the ability to improve them, then optimize as required for final product

  • Very good skills in ZBrush, Maya and Photoshop

  • Strong sculpting, texturing and painting skills

  • Ability to create highly realistic characters that meet AAA standards

  • Very good working knowledge with at least one AAA game engine

  • Being used to work on tasks autonomously and to deliver results in time

  • Great communication skills, a positive attitude and team player

  • Japanese skill: JLPT N3 or above, English skill: Business level or above

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