Senior VFX Artist

Posted on: 
July 11, 2024

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About Us

We are Neon Koi. We are a PlayStation Studio. Our mission is to make mobile action games with epic stories that foster lasting connections with players around the world. Our aim is to amass a stellar portfolio over the next decade by focusing on building highly collaborative, experienced and empowered teams in Helsinki & Berlin.

We offer you the chance to join a rapidly growing international team of passionate and talented game makers, just like yourself. As a young company, you, as an early employee, will have a genuine opportunity to contribute significantly to the culture and operations. Neon Koi is formerly known as Savage Game Studios.

Fair Play

  • To us, fairness stands for treating people justly, and not letting your personal feelings bias your decisions about them. We strive to preserve a culture, which doesn’t have glass ceilings or hidden decision-making processes. A transparent culture where teams can thrive and get rewarded for the work they put in and the results they achieve. When people don’t play by the rules, we act swiftly. At the same time, we reward individuals and teams who embrace our values.

Powerful Together

We believe that excellence is reached by effective team collaboration and ongoing, open feedback. We are constantly curious to learn from each other. Understanding and hearing each others’ perspectives enables us to make the best decisions. We get inspired by each other to strive for higher standards and ultimately become a better version of ourselves. You can rely on each other when facing difficult challenges. We encourage everyone to speak up, ask for help and bring up hard conversations. Most importantly, we put a lot of effort into hiring the right people who enjoy spending time with each other.

Players First

  • We work for the players. Understanding them at deeper levels than just demographics is crucial for our success. We’re player informed. Ultimately we, and not our players, are responsible for making the right decisions for our games. We realize that what players want and what they need may often differ. We’re committed to creating a diverse team. If you feel that you might be interested in the role, even if you don’t hit 100% of the criteria, please don’t let that put you off. Get in touch with us. We believe in passion and potential.

The Role

Come join our team as a Senior VFX Artist! As part of our team, you’ll have pivotal impact in shaping our game visual effects, and will play a key role in ushering in the next generation of action games on mobile. You’ll work closely with your fellow artists, and will be responsible for building beautiful VFX assets that our players will love. This role can be based in Berlin or Helsinki.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, and implement high-quality visual effects for mobile games using Unreal Engine 5
  • Create VFX assets from concept to optimized game asset following the artistic vision and the technical- and gameplay mechanic requirements
  • Create optimized materials and shaders using Unreal Engine 5
  • Collaborate with the technical artist, other artists, game designers and programmers
  • Collaborate with the technical department to ensure seamless functionality across different devices
  • Plan, execute and maintain a streamlined VFX asset production pipeline
  • Stay updated on the latest trends, tools, and techniques in VFX and Unreal Engine development to continuously improve our visual effects pipeline
  • Offer and receive feedback and help support professional and open creative communication
  • Brief, guide and review work by outsourced artists
  • Mentor and supervise other artists in your team

Required Skills

  • 8+ years of experience in creating particle visual effects in game development
  • Experience in creating materials and shaders in a game engine
  • Strong artistic understanding of shape, composition and color
  • Portfolio examples of your beautiful VFX work that showcases your artistic eye and technical skills
  • Strong expertise in creating optimized VFX assets
  • Excited to work within a stylized art style
  • Strong proficiency in 3D and 2D content creation tools of your choice
  • Strong technical understanding of game engines and awareness of performance and optimization
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced game production
  • A passion for gaming and a strong desire to create memorable experiences for players

Desirable Skills

  • Experience in creating VFX in Unreal Engine 5
  • Experience in mobile game development
  • Traditional art skills and passion for art in general
  • Deeper interest in architecture and nature as a visual inspiration

Why join us?

Although we’re a new company, we’re committed to making this a great place to work, so this is only the beginning of our benefits:

  • Annual bonus
  • Lunch benefits
  • Budget towards commuting costs
  • Fitness benefits
  • Home internet / mobile phone plan
  • Educational budget: for language learning, self-training, attending conferences, buying games and books etc
  • Financial and practical assistance with relocation through our relocation partner and a relocation budget
  • Twice yearly off-sites
  • PBG - Pizza, beer and games on the last Friday of every month
  • 30 days holiday plus additional days for Wellness and between Christmas and New Year
  • Access to PlayStation products and games

Equal Opportunity Statement

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category. We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond. PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

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