WHAT CAN THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU?

Intrepid Studios is always in search of talented, team oriented, self-driven and passionate individuals. The gaming industry can be a turbulent storm of hiring cycles and layoffs. We’ve set out to do something different, to break this cycle and create an independent studio capable of withstanding the chaos of this industry. We’ve brought on-board a team of professionals that hold a diverse set of skills, and who all share a singular goal: making fun games. The studio is designed to be an open place for collaboration and communication, a place that is conducive to team building and success. Our goal is to build a family that will laugh together, play together, succeed together, and stay together.

Our 17,000 square foot studio in San Diego, CA is currently accepting applications for the following roles. All posted positions are on-site, full-time, with generous medical benefits options, paid vacation & sick days, and 401k.

Current Careers

UI Artist (US)

Intrepid Studios is looking for a highly skilled artist to help create the best front-end interface possible for our game projects. The ideal candidate will harness their expert understanding of visual communication, hierarchy of information, iconography, color and typography to help make our players’ experience flawless.

Responsibilities:

  • Design mock-ups/iterations using Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, etc, focused on UI and gameflow
  • Creating appealing, user friendly, innovative and crisp game assets with a focus on usability and intuitiveness
  • Prepare and design all facets of the User Interface including: mockups, wireframes, icons, animations, UI style guides, general art and documentation
  • Create clear and attractive messaging, buttons, icons, widgets, and other UI elements which work well within tight fixed aspect ratios, and with a wide variety of game themes from cheerful and casual
  • Collaborate with additional designers on UI style guides for our titles to ensure product consistency
  • Work with engineering, design, and UX to ensure artwork is accurately and consistently represented

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years practical art/design experience working in interactive media and/or games
  • Graphic design skills: sketching, wireframing and storyboarding abilities on paper and screen
  • Solid understanding of UI design best practices and interaction design fundamentals
  • A strong understanding of UI conventions and challenges for the PC MMORPG genre
  • Ability to translate flowcharts and wireframes into fun, usable, visually polished UI systems
  • Strong desire to collaborate with UX, designers, and engineers outlining player flows and wireframes
  • Ability to produce high quality work quickly, iterating toward the best solutions
  • Strong passion for gaming

Additional Considerations (Pluses):

  • Have shipped 1+ AAA video game titles as a UI Artist
  • Previous experience with motion graphics, compositing and special effects
  • Previous experience with UE4

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

UX Designer (US)

Intrepid Studios is looking for a UX Designer to join our team of talented developers! We need team players who can thrive in a highly collaborative, rapidly changing, and multi-disciplinary environment. If you are a self-driven and passionate designer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, then this position is for you! Our ideal candidate will also have some level of experience in UI design.

Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to our product (including web, game, and launcher applications)
  • Create, improve, and use wireframes, prototypes, style guides, user/screen flows, and effectively communicate your interaction ideas using tools such as Photoshop, Sketch, and Principle
  • Collaborate effectively with many other disciplines such as producers, engineers, and game designers to ensure that implemented functionally is complete and to a high standard of polish
  • Continue to refine and iterate designs during usability testing and stakeholder reviews
  • Assist in post-launch analysis including A / B testing, focus groups, and end to end playtesting
  • Document and conduct case studies to improve immersion, retention, and monetization
  • Evaluate and set best practices and standards

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years user research experience required
  • Experience at a game studio, or an avid gamer
  • Expertise in conducting usability testing and/or user research.
  • Has a strong passion for UX with some level of experience with in-game UI Design
  • Mastery of industry standard tools like Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Principle, et. al.
  • A strong body of work which demonstrates an understanding of IA, UX, UI, and XD
  • Software engineering skills (knowledge of C/C++ and Unreal Engine are a plus)

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Senior Gameplay Designer (US)

Intrepid Studios is looking for a passionate, experienced and talented Senior Game Designer, interested in creating a brand new world in Ashes of Creation. Our Senior Gameplay Designer would be a person who loves to get their hands dirty in all the design disciplines, and who likes to work outside their comfort zone in order to better learn their craft. They are interested in leveling up junior designers, meticulous in documenting features, and have a passion for prototyping and implementing new features. They must work well with others, enjoy collaboration, and are comfortable receiving, acting on, and supplying constructively critical feedback. Most importantly, they must live and breathe MMOs.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the leads and game team to create fun and interesting gameplay experiences
  • Prototype and iterate on core game mechanics to make the product’s vision come true
  • Participate in the final implementation of gameplay systems and content
  • Stay on the bleeding edge of modern design and gameplay philosophies
  • Write design documentation, and keep current documentation on systems and content assigned
  • Proactively find problems with gameplay and come up with solutions
  • Mentor and guide junior designers along their path toward mastery

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the industry as a game designer
  • Experience in content and systems, curiosity in both
  • Ability to both conceptualize, analyze and implement game ideas using various tools and technology
  • Background in an object oriented scripting or programming language
  • Excellent understanding of video game culture and knowledge of games
  • Excellent knowledge of Unreal 4 a major plus
  • Experience with MMOs or multiplayer games generally a plus
  • Leadership experience a plus
  • High level of creativity

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio link
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
  • A design test may be required
Apply

Gameplay Engineer Generalist (US)

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Gameplay Engineer (Generalist) to join our team of talented developers! If you are a self-driven and passionate developer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, then this position is for you!

Responsibilities:

  • Develop online gameplay features in Unreal engine
  • Learn and adopt the coding standards and development philosophies that are embraced by the team
  • Work with game designers, artists, and other engineers to create compelling experiences
  • Break-down design goals into smaller technical tasks
  • Provide feedback on gameplay and offer suggestions for improvement
  • Evaluate and communicate the potential impact of code changes to stakeholders

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in C++
  • Experience with implementing networked gameplay features
  • Solid understanding of basic trigonometry
  • Bachelor's degree in CS, Math, Engineering, etc. or equivalent ability or experience
  • Minimum of 2 years game industry experience, or equivalent
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, and organize work
  • Must be an effective communicator, both verbally and written
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the desire to work in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Passion and enthusiasm for video games
  • One or more shipped AAA multi-player titles preferred
  • Experience working with visual scripting environments (e.g. Blueprints)
  • Perforce and Jira experience is a plus
  • Understanding of linear algebra is a solid bonus

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer (US)

Intrepid Studios is looking for an exceptional Senior Quality Assurance Engineer with a proven track record of delivering superior results, and who will have the direct responsibility for creating and maintaining tools and processes needed to ship high-quality, low-defect MMO game systems, from backend servers to end-user game clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain test plans in cooperation with design and engineering
  • Develop and maintain testing tools, test automation tools, and test reporting tools
  • Develop and maintain integrations with continuous integration and development systems
  • Advise and guide engineering on designing and developing testable systems
  • Analyze development processes and offer strategies for reducing development defects as early as possible
  • Advise and guide the quality assurance team on effective testing strategies
  • Troubleshoot and triage test failures
  • Actively look for test coverage gaps and potential exploits
  • Effectively report testing results to stakeholders

Requirements:

  • BS in Computer Science or Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in quality assurance engineering
  • Expertise in quality assurance processes and best practices
  • Expertise in modern scripting languages such as Python
  • Experience with game system architecture
  • Experience in statistical analysis
  • Experience with database, web, and cloud technologies
  • Experience in both Windows and Linux environments
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Additional Considerations (Pluses):

  • Experience with Unreal Engine Tools
  • Experience with C/C++ toolchains
  • Experience with Unreal automated testing tools such as Gauntlet

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing your quality assurance qualifications, why you are specifically interested in Intrepid Studios, and what games you are currently playing
Apply

Quality Assurance Tester (US)

Intrepid Studios, creator of Ashes of Creation, is currently looking for a highly talented QA Tester. The QA Tester is responsible for performing varied test efforts, interfacing with development, test execution, analysis and sign off. Additionally, this role is expected to create and maintain test cases and other QA documentation. Our ideal candidate should be self-motivated, driven and team focused.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform exploratory, ad hoc and focused testing on various mobile platforms
  • Tracking game defects and errors within our pipeline to ensure they are resolved
  • Verify bug fixes and ensure that our database is up to date
  • Help create and maintain test cases and other QA documents
  • Provide qualitative feedback to our development team regarding player experience and usability
  • Collaborate across multiple disciplines within the team in driving the game to completion
  • Maintain a strong understanding of our game design and complex features

Requirements:

  • At least 2+ years of game testing experience in PC gaming platforms
  • Strong understanding of game/software development cycles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and has great problem solving abilities
  • Self-starter, driven and has a strong work ethic
  • Passionate about video games
  • Experience in MMORPG games
  • Experience in Agile methodology
  • Proficient in Jira
  • Passion for learning and process improvement

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing your quality assurance qualifications, why you are specifically interested in Intrepid Studios, and what games you are currently playing
Apply

FX Artist (US)

Intrepid Studios is looking for a highly imaginative artisan of magic, a maker of spells, a wizard of technology who compulsively makes the fantastical real. We are looking for a real time special effects artist to join our award winning team of visual effects artists to work on our epic MMORPG Ashes of Creation.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Creative Director, Art Team, and Design Team, on creation and implementation of VFX for character abilities, spells, combat visuals and environmental FX
  • Keep cohesion with the style of the game, to provide an immersive experience for the players
  • Keep up to date with the latest techniques and practices of VFX

Requirements:

  • - Ability to create exceptional real time visual effects
  • Creation of assets from scratch using in engine and 3rd party tools
  • 3D modeling and UV mapping skills
  • Ability to proactively work across departments to discuss and overcome technical obstacles for FX implementation
  • Driven to innovate and solve problems

Additional Considerations (Pluses):

  • AAA Game Development Experience
  • UE4 experience- (Cascade, Materials, Sequencer, Niagara, Blueprints)
  • Solid game design awareness and an exceptional game design-oriented collaborator
  • A multidisciplinary background
  • Python or coding experience
  • Houdini
  • Simulation experience (Destruction, Fluids, etc)
  • 2D animation skills
  • Traditional Art skills
  • Experience creating effects in a range of styles

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Reel demonstrating your VFX skills
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply