Ninja Theory
Cambridge England United Kingdom
12 days ago


Location: Work from home (UK only) or from our brand-new studio in Cambridge, UK.

About us: Ninja Theory is a five-time Bafta award winning games company based in Cambridge, UK and part of Xbox Game Studios. Our Mission is: To Craft Life-changing Art with Game-changing Tech and we are building the team that will help us fulfil that promise.

Your role: As part of the animation department you will collaborate with the design, code and art departments to bring the in-game characters to life. You'll be responsible for the creation and implementation of highly believable characters, from initial pre-vis, through to capture, acting and keying and onto developing how to bring all the elements together in-engine to make a seamless living breathing cutting edge performance.


Your Skill: You'll have a love for the interactive element of game animation. A strong understanding of body mechanics as well as an eye for the nuance of subtle performance. An ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, responding to and giving feedback for quick iteration with agile development. You will be able to take a performance and manipulate this to create a dynamically driven game character. Being able to adapt to new working practices and help problem solve

Your Experience: Demonstrable real world production experience from content creation through to implementation within a game engine. Have an understanding of both the animation process and the technicalities of implementing sequences and gameplay behaviours within a industry standard engine (Unreal Engine, Unity, etc.).

Use of performance capture software and pipelines (Motion Builder, Maya and possibly direct knowledge of data acquisition tools such as Vicon, Xsens, etc.) You may also have an appreciation and experience with cinematography and purely narrative animation production.

You could also have a deeper technical background with more in-depth skillset of visual scripting through blueprints or other methods of constructing layered dynamic animation for interactive characters.

Our Values: Greatness through Excellence, Teamwork & Integrity.

We offer great pay, wide-ranging benefits and flexible working arrangements so you can focus on what matters. We avoid hierarchy, egos and crunch, preferring trust, talent and experience to see us through. You will be part of an inclusive group of ninjas who know what it takes to succeed, and who will encourage and support you to do the same.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a BAFTA Award winning studio in the Xbox Game Studios Group and be part of pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment.

Please ensure you have included a link to your showreel with your application. This advert closes on Tuesday 16th March 2021.


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