Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog Aims to Expand its Development Team Even Further

Posted Apr 6, 2015
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been unfortunately delayed to 2016, but Naughty Dog is hard at work, and taking the extra time to enhance the potential of the game even further. The studio has posted three new positions for the environment team.

Naughty Dog has long conveyed their dedication to making Uncharted 4, the best game it can be, and pushing both the visual fidelity of the game to industry defining standards, as well as providing excellent environmental design, for everyone’s favorite adventurer to traverse in.

The three positions open at Naughty Dog are for an Environment Texture Artist, Environment Concept Artist and a Junior Environment Concept Artist.

Check out the requirements for each job below:

Environment Texture Artist / Hi-Res Surface Sculptor

Responsibilities:

  • Sculpt and paint textures required for rendering physically based game environments
  • Construct shaders using a proprietary in-house material editor
  • UV layout for tiling and 0-1 mapped textures
  • Match art styles defined by the art director/concept art
  • Collaborate closely with 3D modelers and game designers
  • Work with graphics programmers and technical artists to support the development of new systems and techniques
  • Work with the tools team to convey your needs and generate tool requests intended to improve artists’ workflow
  • Manage texture and shader efficiency

Requirements and Skills:

  • Strong traditional drawing/painting skills
  • Ability to sculpt and paint highly detailed 3D and 2D images
  • Proficient at sculpting surface details and controlling shader features that represent a wide variety of material types
  • Ability to create proper UV layout and tiling textures for games
  • Working experience with shader networks
  • Working experience with baking textures from high res meshes
  • Strong Maya skills
  • Strong Zbrush skills
  • A solid understanding of procedural texturing techniques
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Environment Concept Artist

Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of excellent drawing and design abilities.
  • Demonstrate complete mastery of game development software tools needed for concept creation.
  • Collaborates effectively with art leads during review sessions which results in the finest artistic look possible.
  • Meets project deadlines / milestones, as set by project leads
  • Consistently exercises sound judgment in all areas of expertise

Requirements and Skills:

  • A demo portfolio demonstrating excellent drawing and design skills
  • Work must clearly demonstrate exceptional ability in the areas of artistic, stylistic and versatility
  • BFA or equivalent game development experience strongly preferred
  • Fine art skills, drawing and painting, lighting and color
  • 3 years of professional experience working as a concept artist in computer gaming or related field
  • Proficiency working in Photoshop
  • Basic knowledge of 3D programs (Maya/Modo)
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be receptive to art direction and perform well within team setting
  • Must be responsive to schedules and work well under pressure

Junior Environment Concept Artist (Temporary Assignment)

This position is for a temporary engagement through our staffing partner Yoh Services.

Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of excellent drawing and design abilities.
  • Collaborates effectively with art leads during review sessions which results in the finest artistic look possible.
  • Meets project deadlines / milestones, as set by project leads

Requirements and Skills:

  • A demo portfolio demonstrating excellent drawing and design skills
  • Work must clearly demonstrate exceptional ability in the areas of artistic, stylistic and versatility
  • Fine art skills, drawing and painting, lighting and color
  • Proficiency working in Photoshop
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be receptive to art direction and perform well within a team setting
  • Must be responsive to schedules and work well under pressure
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for this position.
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Email your resume or contact us about this position here: jobs@naughtydog.com

 

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