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Ubisoft Toronto was founded in 2010 and has contributed to many award-winning Ubisoft brands including Assassin’s Creed®, Far Cry®, For HonorTM, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, and Watch Dogs®. In 2018, the team at Ubisoft Toronto developed its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and is leading the development of Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft Toronto is one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2020.

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Job Description

As the Special Effects Artist, you will be responsible for the design, creation and implementation of basic special effects, while respecting all technological limitations, deadlines, and following the artistic direction of the production.

The daily life of a Special Effects Artist

  • Become familiar with game design documents, and identify special effects opportunities and needs;

  • Check with programmers to see if the intended effects are viable in the engine, and propose alternative solutions and/or developments where needed;

  • Assist with the development of effects tools or other improvements to the effects pipeline;

  • Gather reference images/videos matching desired effects, to be approved by the Artistic Director;

  • Design, create and implement custom and re-usable “real-time” particle effects for gameplay, cinematics and scripted events;

  • Create simulations/animations to be used for gameplay elements;

  • Create textures for particles effects and related decals;

  • Create effects that respect budget and engine constraints;

  • Model special effects elements as needed;

  • Place level/character-specific effects;

  • Check effect quality once imported into the game, and make improvements where needed;

  • Obtain feedback/approval of created effects from the Artistic Director, and make improvements where needed;

  • Communicate closely and regularly with the Artistic Director, Production Manager, and other departments to ensure a smooth effects pipeline;

  • Complete tasks in a timely manner;

  • Maintain a clear, methodical system of data storage and retrieval of effects;

  • Address bugs identified by testers or other technicians;

  • Log effects-related bugs;

  • Carry out all other related tasks.


What it takes to make it

  • College diploma in game-oriented visual effects, or equivalent training.

  • Minimum 5 years experience creating particle simulations;

  • Must be proficient in Photoshop and have a good understanding of 3D animation packages;

  • Experience with modelling, texturing, and lighting;

  • Knowledge of other visual effects software is a plus.

And this, not a dealbreaker but nice to have

  • Good observation and problem-solving skills

  • Attention to detail;

  • Good sense of dynamic timing;

  • Team Player;

  • Able to take constructive criticism and keep up with changes;

  • Have initiative and be proactive;

  • Able to work under pressure;

  • Being creative (originality and resourceful in finding solutions).

Additional Information

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package:

    • Disability Insurance

    • Dental Insurance

    • Extended medical insurance

    • (Optional) RRSP contribution

    • Bonus (If Applicable)

Why Ubisoft Toronto?

At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our individuality helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.

When you’re a member of our team, your professional development is a priority. Ubisoft Toronto conducts annual performance reviews and salary increases to help you further your career and grow with our studio. We also offer a comprehensive health benefits package, generous RRSP matching, industry education support, training, and career development.

We host regular team celebrations, organize events for employees and their families, and we offer a variety of health and wellness initiatives including yoga, on-site occupational therapy, flexible work hours, and continuing programs to promote a balanced life.

Join Us!

At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our differences helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.

Ubisoft is committed to creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of our player community and is inclusive and respectful of the individuality of our team. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, neurodivergent people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities upon request. If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for? Apply to join us now!

We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies, please.