Hiring: 3D Art Lead

Title: 3D Art Lead
Focus: Pipeline development, 3D modeling
Type: Full-time, permanent
Last day to apply: 8th of September 2019
Location: Sweden, applicants residing in European countries welcome

A door swings open, a dim light beckons you to come step further, pick up the dusty items, give them a long look before venturing forward, the architecture leading you ever deeper. Frictional’s games are filled with intrigue and emotion, the art subtly guiding  the players. To keep up the illusion of a living world, the execution has to be consistent across the board.

This is where you come in.

What will you work on?

We are looking for an experienced 3D Art Lead to join Secret Project #2. This is a senior position, meaning you will have responsibility over foundational elements of the project. You will work closely with other team leads, such as the creative lead and art lead.

Right now Secret Project #2 is in pre-production, which means that you would find yourself working on establishing pipelines and practices for a good workflow.  On the creative side you will be working within the established style of the game – creating art, researching and documenting. The 3D art you would work on include architecture and complicated props, as well as putting everything together into functional and beautiful environments..

Once the project shifts into production, your role will involve more lead work. You will find yourself communicating with other employees and outsourcers, making sure tasks get assigned and done, and giving feedback. Alongside you will still be able to participate in creating art.

As a small team, everyone in the company has a wide variety of responsibilities as well as rights, but we consider that our strength – no day in development will look the same!

What are we looking for?

You have to be a European (EU/EEA) resident to apply. We cannot consider other applicants.

The person we’re looking for is creative, self-motivated, and comfortable in a lead position. We need you to fulfill the essential requirements, but are flexible with how you have acquired your experience.

We welcome applicants regardless of background, situation, sexual orientation, religion, and similar, so don’t let anything like that hold you back from applying!

Here are the essential requirements:

  • Knowledge in 3D asset creation pipelines in digital games
  • Being up to date with the latest trends in 3D art tools and techniques
  • Not being afraid to give feedback to coworkers and outsourcers
  • Substance Designer skills in creating procedural textures
  • Ability to adjust artwork based on an established art style
  • Major role in at least one released title (not as a student/intern/trainee)

And here are some more technical skills:

  • Experience with face weighted normals
  • Experience with trim sheets and tiling textures
  • Experience in Medium Poly Modeling
  • Knowledge in Modo, or willingness to learn it as a main 3D modeling tool
  • Some technical art knowledge (you will not have to create anything from scratch, but you should be able to communicate your needs to the programmers, or have suggestions such as saving performance on assets)

If you want to impress us:

  • Experience with character art and/or organic art
  • Knowledge in blendshapes
  • Knowledge in motion capture
  • Experience with scripting tools in Modo
  • Experience with Marvelous Designer
  • Experience in  setting up lighting and doing basic level set dressing
  • Love for hard sci-fi
  • Penchant for bold design

What do we offer?

We at Frictional make games, because making games is what we love. But we know that’s not all there is – there’s also playing games, doing sports, or spending time with loved ones. We believe that a healthy balance between work and life creates positive ripples throughout, which is why we discourage crunch.

We also offer:

  • Variety in tasks
  • Opportunities to influence your workflow and workload
  • Flexible working hours
  • Participation in internal Show & Tell sessions for both projects, meaning giving feedback to and receiving feedback from all members of the projects
  • An inclusive and respectful work environment

We welcome remote applicants from European (EU/EEA, UK) countries. However, you are welcome to join us in our office in Malmö if you live in the area, or would be willing to relocate after the trial period.

Apply!

If all of the above piqued your interest, we would love to hear from you! Send us your application 8th of September 2019 the latest – but the sooner, the better! Please attach your:

  • Cover letter
  • Why should we hire YOU?
  • CV
  • Portfolio (link and/or PDF)
  • Answers to preliminary questions (see below)

Send your application to apply@frictionalgames.com!

Please note that we require all the attachments to consider you.

Preliminary questions

Please provide a document answering the following questions:

  1. When is the earliest you could start working?
  2. Tell us about the daily work you did on your last finished game project.
  3. Name two games you think have high quality 3D art. Explain why.
  4. Imagine you are in charge of the 3D art pipeline for a new sci-fi game. Name the top 3 things you think need to be included.

If you are not living in Sweden, please also answer the following:

  • Do you have the ability to invoice?
  • What kind of hardware do you have?
  • What kind of internet connection do you have?

Hiring: Audio Lead / Sound Designer

Title: Audio Lead / Sound Designer
Focus: Creating and implementing sounds, managing audio content
Type: Full-time, permanent
Last day to apply: Monday 15th of April 2019 /CLOSED
Location: Malmö, Sweden (Doing remote work from EU/EEA countries welcome)

You remember it: a faint rustle in your periphery, dragging footsteps around the corner, a raspy breath. You still break in cold sweat when you hear that high-pitched screech that means a monster is near. All the iconic soundscapes that make Frictional games what they are.

We are now looking for an experienced audio designer to work in-house and continue this tradition of keeping a new generation of gamers on their toes with lovingly designed, eerie and memorable soundscapes.

What will you work on?

We are quite a small team, but we consider that our selling point. As a sound designer you will get to work on everything from small effects to the overall mood of the project. This means your contribution will greatly influence how the final game sounds, feels and evokes emotions.

Here are some of the things you will be working on:

  • Collaborating with designers to create soundscapes, taking both artistic and gameplay aspects into account.
  • Being a part of designing the overall mood of the game.
  • Creating some of sounds used for our monsters, machines and other otherworldly noises using libraries, or from scratch if possible.
  • Creating sound effects timed with specific events and animations.
  • Refining events by working with both our map editor and scripting tools.
  • Researching various technical features needed to achieve certain effects.
  • Handling the music, either by creating it or working with a musician.
  • All in all, helping the game world come to life.

We also encourage working outside of your area of expertise, and always learning new things. The more areas of development you are willing and able to  take part in, the better! For example you are encouraged to participate in our fortnightly testing and leave feedback on other aspects of the game.

What are we looking for?

You have to be a European (EU/EEA) resident to apply.

The person we’re looking for is creative, driven and self-sufficient. With a remote team such as ours, the ability to organise your own work is a fundamental skill.

We have recently set up a central hub in Malmö, Sweden, and will help you move to our seaside city if it suits your situation.

Here are some essentials we require:

  • Hardware and equipment to work with.
  • We don’t expect you to have a fully equipped home studio, but enough to work on most of the sounds. Additional equipment can be provided if needed, but it is important that you have the hardware needed to start working.
  • At least one year of experience in audio production for games.
  • Good understanding of sound and music, and how they affect the player experience.
  • Ability to challenge yourself, make bold creative decisions, and try non-conventional things.
  • A critical approach to your work, with the ability to take a step back and reflect.
  • A strive for structure, efficiency, and clarity.
  • Strong self-drive and ability to organise your own work.
  • Interest in and ability to do research for interesting sound and music solutions.
  • Love for working on a variety of tasks.
  • Fluency in English.

And here are some more techie skills:

  • Familiarity with FMod or Wwise.
  • Basic knowledge in programming.
  • Basic knowledge of creating maps in a level editor.

If you want to impress us:

  • Love for horror, sci-fi, and narrative games.
  • A major role in completing at least one game.
  • Experience in level design.
  • Strong game design skills.

What do we offer?

We make games, because that’s what we love. But we know there are other things we love, like playing games, taking part in sports, or spending time with our families. We believe a healthy balance between work and life reflects positively on your work, which is why we don’t encourage crunch.

We also offer:

  • Flexible working hours.
  • Opportunities to influence your workflow.
  • Variety in your work tasks, and ability to influence your workload.
  • Participation in our internal game Show & Tell sessions, so you’ll have input into all aspects of the game.
  • Social security and holidays that are up to the Swedish standards.
  • An inclusive and respectful work environment.
  • An office in central Malmö you can use as much as you please.
  • Fun workmates, game and movie nights, and other outings!

Apply!

If all of the above piqued your interest, we would love to hear from you! Send us your application 15th of April the latest – but the sooner, the better!

Please attach your:

  • Cover Letter 
    • Why should we hire YOU?
  • CV
  • Link to your portfolio site
  • Link to a video reel demonstrating sound design abilities
  • A document describing a game soundscape you have worked on. Please write about the following:
    • What you worked on.
    • What you were going for with the design.
    • What went well in the project and what you would prefer to change in retrospect.

Please note that we require all the attachments to consider you.

Wonder how we hire? Read our blog on How we hire at Frictional Games.

What kind of application are we looking for? Read our blog on Writing the best application for a Frictional Games job.

Want to know how sounds were made in the days of Amnesia: The Dark Descent? Check out the video starring our old sound designer Tapio Liukkonen below.

Hiring: Project-based 3D Artist

Title: 3D artist
Focus: Polishing environments and props
Type: Full-time, project-based (approx. 1 year)
Last day to apply: 4th of November 2018

After 3 years of hard work, we are now close to finishing one of our new games. We want it to look amazing, and to accomplish that we need more (hu)manpower.

This is where you come in.

We are now looking for an experienced 3D artist, who will focus on environments and props for our upcoming horror game. Our ideal person loves horror, and is able to convey atmospheric environments and terrifying scenes through 3D art. The position is full-time and project-based, lasting for about a year until the new game is ready to be shipped.

What will you work on?

We are quite a small team, but we consider that our strength. As an environment artist you will get to work on every level of the game, ranging from small props to whole levels. This means your contribution will greatly influence how the final game looks, plays, and evokes emotions.

Here are some of the things you will be working on:

  • Creating basic models that make up the levels, such as walls and floors
  • Modelling props of various complexity, both with and without the help of concept art, and often having to take gameplay concerns into account
  • Constructing particle systems, both by drawing textures and using parameters in our editor
  • Combining various techniques to create special effects, such as flowing water or fire.

If you want to know more about Frictional work practices, you can check out the introduction post of Rasmus, who will be your closest teammate.

What are we looking for?

You have to be a EU/EEA resident to apply.

The person we’re looking for is creative, driven and most importantly self-sufficient.

Since the position is project-based, we are looking for a person who can start as soon as possible, end of November the latest.

Here are some essential skills we require:

  • Excellent skills at adapting to a style and taking it to a finished state
  • Strong self-drive and ability to organise your own work
  • Interest in and ability to do research for interesting prop and environment solutions
  • Love for working on a variety of tasks
  • Fluency in English
  • Team communication skills
  • Knowledge of game design
  • A Windows PC that runs recent games (such as SOMA) that you can use for work (unless you live in Malmö and will work from the office)
  • A fast and stable internet connection.

And here are some more techie skills:

  • Excellent skills in 3D software. Modo preferred
  • Familiarity with Zbrush/Mudbox/similar
  • Excellent skills in Substance
  • Excellent skills in Photoshop or similar software
  • Familiarity with issue-tracking software
  • Experience in classic/non-PBR workflow.

If you want to impress us:

  • Love for horror and narrative games
  • A major role in completing at least one game
  • Great free-drawing skills
  • Experience in level design
  • Strong game design skills
  • Experience kitbashing/working with modular sets.

For this position you can work from home. We have a central hub in Malmö, Sweden, which you can use if you wish.

What we offer:

  • Flexible working hours, a no-crunch approach
  • Opportunities to influence your work flow
  • Variety in your work tasks, and ability to influence your work load
  • Participation in Show & Tell of games, having a say in all aspects of the game making
  • An inclusive work environment
  • A possibility to become a permanent employee.

How to apply?

If all of the above piqued your interest, we would love to hear from you! Send us your application 4th of November the latest – but the sooner, the better.

Please attach all the following:

  • Cover letter (why you should work with us, what do you bring to the table)
  • CV
  • Portfolio (link or PDF)
  • Examples of works that have inspired you or blown you away.

Please notice that you need to send all of the applications to be considered.

Hiring: Tools Programmer

Title: Tools programmer
Focus: Engine
Type: Full-time, permanent
Last day to apply: 30th of October 2018

Tired of the constraints of Unity, Unreal and other big engines? Want to be in control and get down into the nitty gritty of engine coding? Come join us at Frictional Games, one of the few companies that still makes their own tech, and get all up in our HPL engine!

We are now expanding our tech team and looking for a tools programmer who will help make the HPL engine better, prettier, and more intuitive. Your work on the engine will be crucial to the rest of the team, but it will also be seen by our modding community.

The position is full-time and permanent. Ideally we would help you relocate to Malmö, Sweden to be close to our core team, but this is not a necessity.

What will you work on?

As a tools programmer, you will be working together with a small tech team that is mainly responsible for our HPL engine, but also tech support for the games.

Here are some of the things you will find yourself working on:

  • Creating and maintaining the level editor for our proprietary engine
  • Making intuitive user interfaces
  • Creating small specialised tools
  • Working with low-level systems such as IO, AI, rendering, sound, and physics
  • Working with Xbox and PlayStation versions, as well as possible future platforms
  • Internal support for a team of developers
  • Post-launch support.

We also encourage working outside of your area of expertise, and always learning new things. The more areas of development you are willing and able take part in, the better!

If you want to know more about Frictional work practices, you can check out the introduction posts of Peter and Luis, who will be your closest teammates.

What are we looking for?

You have to be a EU/EEA resident to apply.

The person we’re looking for is creative, driven and self-sufficient.

Here are some essential skills we require:

  • Well-versed in C++, C#, Java, or similar
  • Knowledge in AngelScript, Python, Lua, or similar
  • You have created an engine or tools for development for at least one game
  • Strong low-level programming skills
  • Familiar with linear algebra
  • Knowledge in working with Widgets / Custom GUI
  • Fluency in English
  • Skills in team communication and support
  • A Windows PC that runs recent games (such as SOMA) that you can use for work (unless you live in Malmö and will work from the office)
  • A fast and stable internet connection.

These will be considered a plus:

  • Experience in engine development
  • Skills in 3D modelling or texture applications
  • Knowledge in UX design
  • Lover for tech and messing with the low level parts of the engine
  • Excitement for creating fast pipelines and making it easy to create awesome art
  • You live in Sweden.

What do we offer?

We are a small team, which means you will be able to work on a wide variety of things and contribute to our future games in a meaningful way.

We also believe a healthy balance between work and life reflects positively on your work. We offer a variety of perks for our full-time employees, especially who live in or relocate to Sweden. We also don’t encourage crunch.

Here’s what we offer:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Opportunities to influence your workflow
  • Variety in your work tasks, and ability to influence your workload
  • Participation in our internal game Show & Tell sessions, so you’ll have input into all aspects of the game
  • Social security and holidays that are up to the Swedish standards
  • An inclusive and respectful work environment
  • An office in central Malmö you can use as much as you please
  • Fun workmates, game and movie nights, and other outings!

How to apply?

Did the position pique your interest? Are you the person we’re looking for? Then we would love you hear from you!

We will be looking at applications until 30th of October 2018.

Please send us your:

  • Cover letter (why you should work with us, what do you bring to the table)
  • CV
  • Portfolio (or links to your works)

Hiring: Project-based programmer

Title: Gameplay Programmer
Type: Full-time, project-based (1 year)
Last day to apply: 8th of July 2018

Frictional Games is famous for its immersive, atmospheric first-person games; games created by a small team working closely together. For our next game, we need to expand that team! We need a gameplay coder who can support the rest of us, taking on responsibility for game-wide systems such as inventory, AI, first-person body, and other features that the player’s experience will depend on. Join us, and help us transport our players to strange and terrifying new realms.

The position is full-time, and project-based for the period of 1 year. After that period there may be a possibility for the position to become permanent.

What will you work on?

Here are some of the specific gameplay systems you will find yourself working on:

  • Inventory management
  • AI behavior
  • Physics interactions
  • User interface
  • Game-specific systems (think Sanity system in Amnesia: The Dark Descent)
  • Inverse kinematics

It is a big plus if you have already worked on most of these before. While we value experience, it is more important that you are willing and able to dig into challenges and learn new things. We are interested in playing to your strengths, so the things listed will not be the only ones you will be working on.

What are we looking for?

The person we’re looking for should have a solid understanding of different gameplay systems. You need to be able to see the big picture and have a firm grasp on how information flows between modules, and how complex behaviour can be reduced into simple rule sets.

We use our own engines, so you need to be able to adapt to the existing system and code base. We also value the end user experience, so we hope you can step into the players’ shoes instead of only focusing on the nitty gritty technical stuff.

You have to be a European resident to apply!

Here are our other essential requirements:

  • You have worked on a game that uses 3D environments.
  • Well-versed in C++, C#, Java or similar.
  • Strong linear algebra skills.
  • Major role in completing at least one game.
  • Strong self-drive and ability to organise your own work.
  • A critical approach to your work, ability to reflect.
  • Confidence in implementing your own designs.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Team communication skills.
  • Knowledge of game design.
  • A Windows PC that runs recent games (such as SOMA) that you can use for work (unless you live in Malmö and will work from the office).
  • A fast and stable internet connection.

For this position you can work from home. We have a central hub in Malmö, Sweden, which you can use if you wish.

What we offer:

  • Flexible working hours, a no-crunch approach.
  • Opportunities to influence your work flow.
  • Variety in your work tasks, and ability to influence your work load.
  • Participation in Show & Tell of games, having a say in all aspects of the game making.
  • An office in central Malmö you can use.
  • An inclusive work environment.
  • A possibility to become a permanent employee.

Apply? Yes!

Did the tasks above sound like your cup of tea (or other beverage)? Are you the person we’re looking for? Then we would love you hear from you! The last day to send the application is 8th of July 2018 – but the sooner the better.

Please send us your:

  • Cover letter
    • Tell us why we should hire YOU!
  • CV
  • Portfolio
    • PDF or links to your works

Please note that we require all the attachments to consider you.

Hiring: 3D Artist

Title: 3D artist
Focus: Environment design
Type: Full-time, permanent
Last day to apply: 17th of June 2018

Frictional games are filled with terror, intrigue, mystery, and emotion. We want our environments to reflect that, from the shape of the landscape to the smallest rock, while subtly guiding players and helping to enhance the gameplay.

This is where you come in.

We are now looking for an experienced 3D artist, who will focus on environment design for our upcoming games. This means working closely with our gameplay programmers / designers, and using modelling, texturing, and design skills to create memorable, interesting, and functional environments for our players to experience.

What will you work on?

We are quite a small team, but we consider it our strength. As an environment artist you will get to work on everything from props to high-level design. This means your contribution will greatly influence how the final game looks, plays, and evokes emotions.

Here are some of the things you will be working on:

  • Collaborating with designers to create level layouts, combining both gameplay and an artistic perspective.
  • Taking levels from whitebox to a polished product.
  • Creating basic models that make up the levels, such as walls and floors.
  • Modelling props of various complexity, both with and without the help of concept art, and often having to take gameplay concerns into account.
  • Constructing particle systems, both by drawing textures and using parameters in our editor.
  • Combining various techniques to create special effects, such as flowing water or fire.

We also encourage working outside of your area of expertise, and always learning new things. The more areas of development you are willing and able take part in, the better!

For some examples of our environments, please check the video above!

What are we looking for?

The person we’re looking for is creative, driven and self-sufficient. We have recently set up a central hub in Malmö, Sweden, and hope you can move over to our seaside city sometime in the future.

You have to be a European resident to apply.

Here are some essential skills we require:

  • Good understanding of composition and player guidance.
  • Ability to challenge yourself, make bold creative decisions, and try non-conventional things.
  • A critical approach to your work, with the ability to take a step back and reflect.
  • A strive for structure, efficiency, and clarity.
  • Strong self-drive and ability to organise your own work.
  • Interest in and ability to do research for interesting prop and environment solutions.
  • Love for working on a variety of tasks.
  • Fluency in English.

And here are some more techie skills:

  • Excellent skills in 3D software. Modo preferred.
  • Familiarity with Zbrush/Mudbox/similar.
  • Excellent skills in Substance.
  • Excellent skills in Photoshop or similar software.
  • Familiarity with issue-tracking software.
  • Experience in classic/non-PBR workflow.
  • Basic rigging and animation skills.

If you want to impress us:

  • Love for horror, sci-fi, and narrative games.
  • A major role in completing at least one game.
  • Great free-drawing skills.
  • Experience in level design.
  • Strong game design skills.
  • Experience kitbashing/working with modular sets.

What do we offer?

We make games, because that’s what we love. But we know there are other things we love, like playing games, taking part in sports, or spending time with our families. We believe a healthy balance between work and life reflects positively on your work, which is why we don’t encourage crunch.

We also offer:

  • Flexible working hours.
  • Opportunities to influence your workflow.
  • Variety in your work tasks, and ability to influence your workload.
  • Participation in our internal game Show & Tell sessions, so you’ll have input into all aspects of the game.
  • Social security and holidays that are up to the Swedish standards.
  • An inclusive and respectful work environment.
  • An office in central Malmö you can use as much as you please.
  • Fun workmates, game and movie nights, and other outings!

Apply? Apply!

If all of the above piqued your interest, we would love to hear from you! Send us your application 17th of June the latest – but the sooner, the better! Please attach your:

  • Cover Letter 
    • Why should we hire YOU?
  • CV
  • Portfolio 
    • Link or PDF
  • Preliminary work test
    • See the test below
  • Examples of works that have inspired you or blown you away 
    • PDF, screenshots preferred.

Please note that we require all the attachments to consider you.

Preliminary work test

After 3 years of failed experiments, Professor Kim finally managed to reverse gravity. However, the professor died just as he succeeded, and the whole thing ran amok.

The player enters the research facility where the experiments took place. As they go through the level, they gradually learn about what the professor was trying to achieve. At the end they’re met with a revelation, and see the disturbing results of the experiment. As they reach the end, the level must loop in a way where the player finds themselves near the entrance, where they first started.

We are looking for a simple design, done as a rough 3D sketch/white box. You are free to write notes and do paint-overs on top of the 3D.

This test is a first step in the evaluation process, showing us your basic skills, so we are not looking for you to spend a lot of time on it. Imagine this as a quick proof of concept you would present before doing a pitch or a design.

We will evaluate your artist vision, creativity as well as level design skills.

Put everything as a collection of images into one folder on Dropbox, Drive or similar, and send the link to us.

Now Hiring: Community Manager and Event Coordinator

We are now looking for a “Community Manager and Event Coordinator” for our company. This will be a very broad role and we are looking for someone who is very driven and creative. The tasks will range from the simple, such as:

  • Managing our social media accounts and platform-specific communication channels (such as Steam communities and PS4 Game hub).
  • Answering various emails.
  • Coordinating and booking special internal and external events.

It will also include much more complex tasks such as:

  • Planning and coordinating PR for a new game release.
  • Making plans for improving our social media and implementing these.
  • Overseeing a revamp of all our webpages (company and game-specific).
  • Becoming the company’s catalyst for generating interesting posts and events on all of our public channels.

The basic requirements are as follows:

  • It’s crucial that you are a person who is highly able to work on your own initiative. No one will be laying out an exact schedule of things that you must do – you will need to drive your own workload. You will also need to be a creative member of the team, bringing a lot of your own ideas and suggestions to the table and then going on to implement them when possible.
  • You must live in Sweden or be prepared to move here. Note that any employment starts with a six month trial period, and there is no need to move until that is over.
  • You must have excellent writing skills in English.
  • You need good knowledge of how social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, works.
  • You should have a burning interest in video games and an understanding of the market.

It’s worth noting that we do not require any special education or experience. While these are of course good to have, what really matters is that you fit the requirements above.

In order to apply, start by doing the following assignments:

  1. Imagine that SOMA is about to be released. Write a short (at most 150 words) and playful cover letter that will be sent out with all of the review copies of the game.
  2. We really need to become much more frequent in our social media usage and communicate what we do as a company and what we are like as individuals. In 200 words or less, explain how you would try to go about increasing the number of interesting posts on our social media channels.
  3. An angry user has written an email complaining that our games have all become worse since Penumbra, as they no longer have proper puzzles and gameplay. Write a response.
  4. Being proactive and self-starting is crucial for this position. Therefore, write your own question similar to the ones above and answer it.

Compile these into a PDF that has a pleasing layout and send it along with your CV.

Hiring: Gameplay Programmer / Designer

At Frictional Games we love to make stuff that stands out from the rest of the crowd. Penumbra was a unique combination of horror, physics and adventure gaming. With Amnesia we redefined what horror games can be and helped to kickstart the Let’s Play phenomenon. In SOMA we explored deep subjects in new, unsettling ways. We aim to continue this trend and we’re now looking for another Gameplay Programmer / Level Designer to join our ranks. This is full-time employment, working from home or from our soon-to-be-established hub-office in Malmö. Applicants must be living in Europe and be prepared to move to Sweden in the near future (if you are not already here).

Working with us, your core duty will be to collaborate with artists and other team members in order to design and craft immersive worlds and experiences. At Frictional we do not simply rely on the core mechanics to carry most of the game. What makes or breaks our experiences is the care giving to the all specific level elements. Making sure these are top notch, both in design and implementation, will be your main duty. This includes everything from level layout and pacing to designing and implementing puzzles and smaller events.

Here is a rundown of some of a few more specific tasks you will find yourself doing:

  • Design the layout of a level based on a high level summary.
  • Come up with ways to convey certain story moments in the most efficient manner.
  • Design and implement puzzles so they fit with gameplay, world and story.
  • Script background events that sets the tone for a level.
  • Implement gameplay systems, such as an inventory.
  • Tweak AI to make it behave like you want.

These are far from the only things you’ll be doing when working with us. We’re quite a small team, and we like to see people dabbling with things outside of their expertise and constantly learning new things. The more areas of our development you’re able to take part in, the better.

Of great importance is that fact that you must be able to work from home. Frictional Games currently does not have an office; however, we are planning to set one up in Malmö, hopefully sometime during 2017. You will however decide for yourself how much you’d want to make use of the office, so it’s crucial that you are able to plan your day, take full initiative and work without strict guidance. Because of this, we allow a flexibility that you’ll rarely find in an office environment. 

The most basic requirements are the following:

  • You must live in Europe and be prepared to move to Sweden in the near future.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You have played a major role in the development and completion of at least one game.
  • You have worked on a game that uses 3D environments.
  • You are well-versed in C++, C#, Java or similar.
  • You have a fast and stable internet connection.
  • You have a Windows PC you can use for work capable of playing recent games (SOMA is a good test case!)
  • You strive for structure, efficiency and clarity.
  • You are extremely self-driven.
  • You like working with varying tasks.
  • Familiar with working in issue-tracking software (such as JIRA) or prepared to learn. 

Additional (non-essential) requirements:

  • You live in or near Malmö or are prepared to move here.
  • You have an interest in narrative games.
  • You are good at writing, drawing or both
  • You have an interest in horror and sci-fi.

Hiring: 3D Artist

At Frictional Games we love to make stuff that stands out from the rest of the crowd. Penumbra was a unique combination of horror, physics and adventure gaming. With Amnesia we redefined what horror games can be and helped to kickstart the Let’s Play phenomenon. In SOMA we explored deep subjects in new, unsettling ways. We aim to continue this trend and we’re now looking for a 3D Artist to join our ranks. This is a full-time employment, working from home or from our soon-to-be-established hub-office in Malmö. Applicants must be living in Europe and be prepared to move to Sweden in a near future (if you are not already here).

Working closely with our Gameplay Programmers / Designers and putting your modelling, texturing and prop-making skills to use, your main responsibility will be to create breathtaking gameplay environments and player experiences for our upcoming games.

Here is a rundown of some of a few more specific tasks:

  • Make the basic models that make up our levels (walls, floor, etc).Work with designers to design the layout of our levels. Both from a gameplay and artistic perspective.
  • Build whole levels from whitebox to the finished polished product.
  • Model props of various complexity, both with and without the use of previously drawn concept art, often having to take certain gameplay aspects into account.
  • Construct particle systems, both by drawing textures and setting up parameters in our editor.
  • Recreate various effects such as flowing water, fires, etc. by making best use of the tools at your disposal.
  • Collaborate with designers/scripters and come up with the best player experience possible for a particular scene. 

These are far from the only things you’ll be doing when working with us. We’re quite a small team, and we like to see people dabbling with things outside of their expertise and constantly learning new things. The more areas of our development you’re able to take part in, the better.

Of great importance is that fact that you must be able to work from home. Frictional Games currently does not have an office; however, we are planning to set one up in Malmö, hopefully sometime during 2017. You will however decide for yourself how much you’d want to make use of the office, so it’s crucial that you are able to plan your day, take full initiative and work without strict guidance. Because of this, we allow a flexibility that you’ll rarely find in an office environment. 

The most basic requirements are the following:

  • You must live in Europe and be prepared to move to Sweden in the near future.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You have a fast and stable internet connection and high performance PC.
  • You strive for structure, efficiency and clarity.
  • You are extremely self-driven.
  • You like working with varying tasks.
  • Excellent skills in Maya, 3D Studio Max, Modo or similar software.
  • Know how to use Modo or prepared to learn.
  • Excellent skills in Photoshop or similar software.
  • Familiar with working in issue-tracking software (such as JIRA) or prepared to learn. 

Additional (non-essential) requirements:

  • You live in or near Malmö or are prepared to move here.
  • You love horror, sci-fi and narrative games.
  • You have played a major role in completing at least one game.
  • You have good knowledge of both prop and character animations.
  • You have great free drawing skills.
  • You have experience in level design.
  • You have strong design skills.

Hiring: PR Coordinator / Community Manager

At Frictional Games we love to make stuff that stands out from the rest of the crowd. Penumbra was a unique combination of horror, physics and adventure gaming. With Amnesia we redefined what horror games can be and helped to kickstart the Let’s Play phenomenon. In SOMA we explored deep subjects in new, unsettling ways. We aim to continue this trend. But as we create innovative narrative-focused experiences, and explore how to use the potential of videogames to the fullest, we face an increased need to focus on PR and Community management. We realize that the nature of our creations has a depth that can’t be explained in a few sentences or pictures and that the cores of our upcoming games need to be communicated in a more strategic way. We also realize that we’ve been neglecting our existing community for some time now and we want to be a lot more vocal in all the channels where our fans are listening.

This is why we’re now looking for a PR Coordinator and Community Manager to join our ranks, focus on getting our message across, and also to help us out on our ongoing development in a few other ways. This is a half-time or full-time employment (depending a bit on the applying candidate), working from home or from our soon-to-be-established hub-office in Malmö, Sweden.

Working with us, your main responsibility will be to ensure that Frictional always has a voice and that there’s a continuous flow of communication through the different channels (such as forums, social media, Steam community, PS Live Area etc.). We’d be turning to you to initiate, create and communicate messages of interest from our daily work, meaning you’d need to be fully up to date with what the rest of the team is doing at all times. We’d also rely on you to plan and coordinate everything related to important PR events such as announcements and releases but also everything related to special events (such as mod competitions etc.).

Here is a rundown of some of a few more specific tasks:

  • Working out (together with management) marketing plans for upcoming game projects. 
  • Staying up to date with the rest of the team by listening in on (and contributing to) meetings. 
  • Maintaining continuous communication flow on our forums, social media channels, Steam community and PS Live Area etc. 
  • Coming up with ideas and suggestions for messages to communicate or events to hold through our different channels. Then writing/creating graphics for these – from our existing assets – and coordinating and executing them. 
  • Planning, coordinating and executing trailer creation (with a creator or editor if you don’t have those skills yourself). 
  • Planning, coordinating and contributing to PR statement generation and sendout alongside our PR firm. 
  • Planning and coordinating demo creation with the team. 
  • Planning, coordinating, creating and submitting details to platform stores such as Steam, PS Store etc. 

These are far from the only things you’ll be doing when working with us. We’re a small team, and we like to see people dabbling with things outside of their expertise and constantly learning new stuff. The more areas of our development you’re able to take part in, the better.

Of great importance is that fact that you must be able to work from home. Frictional Games currently does not have an office; however, we are planning to set one up in Malmö, hopefully sometime next year. You will however decide for yourself how much you’d want to make use of the office, so it’s crucial that you are able to plan your day, take full initiative and work without strict guidance. Because of this, we allow a flexibility that you’ll rarely find in an office environment. 

The most basic requirements are the following:

  • You live in Malmö or are prepared to move here. 
  • You are fluent in English and a strong communicator. 
  • You are able to create basic work in Adobe Photoshop. 
  • You love horror, sci-fi and narrative games. 
  • You have an understanding of social media and other game-related communication channels. 
  • You like coming up with new initiatives and running with them. 
  • You have experience of planning and coordinating from previous roles. 
  • You strive for structure, efficiency and clarity. 
  • You are extremely self-driven. 
  • You like working with varying tasks and participating in the different areas of a business. 

Additional (non-essential) requirements:

  • You have a basic understanding of the process of creating a video game. 
  • You have video editing skills and experience. 
  • You have a Windows PC you can use for work capable of playing recent games (SOMA is a good test case!)