Game Developer Jobs - 2D Environmental Artist, 2D Puppet Animator - 13AM Games Toronto

Toronto developer 13AM Games is looking for a couple of artists to join the team for their upcoming game, Dawn of the Monsters. This is the indie team behind Runbow, and Double Cross and you can find all the details, including how to apply, below.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following to takashi@13amgames.com with the subject line of “The position you are applying for - Your Name” (Eg. 2D Puppet Animator - Jane Smith)

  • Your up-to-date resume (PDF preferred)

  • A cover letter

  • A link to your online portfolio or previous work

We appreciate all applications, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

2D ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST

10 month full time contract, in office

Start Date: September 30th, 2019

We are looking to contract a 2D Environmental Artist to produce environment concept art and game ready assets for a video game. The ideal candidate will be able to follow direction from the art director and execute on a established style to create concept art for cityscapes and other environments, and execute the approved concepts using digital painting, basic 3D modelling, texturing and normal mapping. 

Main Duties:

  • Working as part of Art Team, reporting to the Art Director

  • Producing concept art for various environments as well as other props, such as vehicles, structures and others.

  • Creating basic 3D assets

  • Creating normal maps

  • Creating backdrops/skyboxes

  • Executing deliverables under deadlines

Requirements:

  • Digital online portfolio of art

  • 3+ years of artistic experience

  • Experience with producing digital environmental concept art

  • Skills in cityscapes, building, and prop design

  • Some experience with 3D modelling

  • Good communication skills and ability to work well as part of a team

  • Ability to work and execute pieces on an established art style

  • Ability to take feedback and iterate quickly

Bonus Skills:

  • Vehicle design

  • Basic knowledge of Unity game engine

  • Previous experience in the games industry

2D PUPPET ANIMATOR

10 month full time contract, in office

Start Date: September 30th, 2019

We’re looking for a 2D Puppet Animator to join our team to animate characters for a video game. The ideal candidate will be able to take a designed character, render it, rig it, and animate it according to an assigned animation list. There is also the potential for this position to include character design and/or VFX depending on skills and/or previous experience.

Main Duties:

  • Working as part of Art Team, reporting to the Art Director

  • Rigging and animating 2D characters in Spine for implementation in Unity

  • Rendering and creating normal maps for characters

  • Creating VFX for characters (skill-dependent)

  • Executing deliverables under deadlines

Requirements:

  • Digital online portfolio of art

  • 3+ years of artistic experience

  • Experience with 2D rigging

  • Experience with 2D puppet animation

  • Good communication skills and ability to work well as part of a team

  • Ability to take feedback and iterate quickly

  • Basic knowledge of Unity game engine an asset, but not a requirement

Bonus Skills:

  • Experience with Spine

  • Creating VFX (particle systems or hand animated)

  • Character/Creature design

  • Basic knowledge of Unity game engine

  • Previous experience in the games industry

Runbow and Double Cross Developer Set To Announce Next Title 'Dawn of the Monsters'

13AM Games, the Toronto developer behind Runbow and Double Cross have announced their next game Dawn of the Monster and will debut at this weekends G-Fest XXVI event in Chicago. Dawn of the Monsters will be a kaiju-inspired couch co-op brawler - and we’ll get our first trailer, and perhaps a list of platforms this weekend. Until then we have some screenshots to admire.

13AM Games to Reveal Third Title Dawn of the Monsters at G-Fest XXVI

TORONTO, CANADA -- July 09, 2019 -- 13AM Games, the award-winning independent studio behind Runbow and Double Cross, is excited to announce the unveiling of their third title, Dawn of the Monsters. The official reveal will take place on July 12th, 2019 during the opening ceremonies of Chicago’s G-Fest XXVI, the world’s largest kaiju convention. Attendees of the opening ceremonies will have the chance to see an exclusive trailer featuring the first publicly-seen footage of the game. More information will follow for the general public in the coming months.

Dawn of the Monsters is a couch co-op, brawling action game that takes up to four players on a worldwide tour of destruction. Players take on roles from an all new cast of kaiju and are tasked with defeating the “Nephilim”, a horde of monsters that are destroying the planet. Conquer four unique worlds and unlock The Maw, an endless onslaught of kaiju brawls. Featuring beautiful 2.5D graphics inspired by the works of Mike Mignola, combat inspired by classics from the action and fighting game genres, and fully destructible environments, couch co-op in Dawn of the Monsters is bigger and badder than ever before. G-Fest will also feature a Dawn of the Monsters panel led by Creative Director and CEO of 13AM Games, Alex Rushdy. Alex is a longtime kaiju fanatic, and will be partnering his toy company, Seismic, LLC with 13AM Games to produce soft vinyl figures of one of the game’s headlining kaiju, Megadon. Attendees of G-Fest can visit the Seismic booth to complete a kaiju-themed survey for the chance to win a figure.

The game is currently expected to release in 2020. Platforms will be announced at a later date.

More information about 13AM Games and their titles can be found on their website or by following them on FaceBook or Twitter. More information about Seismic, LLC can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Press kit available here.

About 13AM Games

13AM Games is an independent video games studio based in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, they released their first title, Runbow, to critical acclaim, followed by their sophomore title, Double Cross in 2019. In the interim, the studio published Pirate Pop Plus from developer Dadako. 13AM Games’ members come from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets, and are always pushing themselves to make something fresh and exciting for gamers everywhere.

About Seismic

Seismic is an independent toy production company focusing on kaiju and pop culture collectibles in classic soft vinyl style. Founded by two lifelong collectors, Seismic aims to bring designer toy quality to unique IP partnerships.

13AM Games Releases Double Cross On Nintendo Switch And Steam

Our friends over at 13AM Games have released their first non-Runbow game - Double Cross is out now on Steam and Switch. The action platformer has you playing as Zahra, an agent for R.I.F.T (Regulators of Interdimensional Frontiers and Technology) who keeps the peace between all dimensions:

A recent attack on R.I.F.T. headquarters thrusts players into a thrilling new case where they must use their R.I.F.T. developed gear to sling, swing, fight and investigate across distinct dimensions. During their travels players will gather clues to bring themselves one step closer to finding the identity of R.I.F.T.’s attacker and save every variation of the universe.

The game is enjoying a 25% launch discount right now, so head over to Steam or Switch to download today!

13AM Games' Double Cross Gets A New Trailer And Release Month

We won’t have much longer to get our hands on 13AM Games’ second game Double Cross as 13AM Games announced the game will hit Nintendo Switch, and PC in January. Additionally we got a new trailer which you can check out below!

Additionally 13AM Games posted some updates on Runbow for Switch and PS4 which came out earlier this year.

Runbow Out Now On PS4 and Switch

Runbow is out now on Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch (and Wii U, and Steam, and 3DS, and Xbox One) for $14.99 USD. It serves as a nice little appetite while we wait for Double Cross (due this year).

Runbow Coming To Switch And PS4 Next Month

We've known about Runbow coming to Switch and PS4 for a while now, and after small delay we now have a release date. You'll be able to play the party platformer on PlayStation 4, and Switch early next month on July 3rd.

This should tie gamers over nicely while we wait for Double Cross which is expected to hit Switch later this year.

Runbow Delayed For Switch And PS4

According to 13AM Games, the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch port for Runbow has been delayed. According to the PR Statement, as posted by Nintendo Life, the delay is to "further optimize the game’s performance."

This may be the last port for Runbow, as it's already launched on Wii U in 2015, then ported to Steam, 3DS, and Xbox One last year. 13AM Games also announced their next game, Double Cross, coming later this year.

Runbow Developer Announced New Game: Double Cross

Our friends over at 13AM Games announced their newest game today - Double Cross, which was announced for Nintendo Switch and PC. Double Cross is a 2D platformer, where you're also given a "proton slinger" which let's you grab onto objects as you traverse through the level - but you can check that out in the trailer below.

"Double Cross is an exciting action adventure game that has players take on the role of Zahra,
an agent of RIFT—Regulators of Interdimensional Frontiers and Technology— whose job it is
to maintain peace and order between all dimensions. A recent attack on RIFT headquarters
thrusts players into a thrilling new case where they must use their RIFT-developed gear to sling,
swing, fight, and investigate across distinct dimensions. During their travels players will gather
clues to bring themselves one step closer to finding the identity of RIFT’s attacker and save every variation of the universe."

Double Cross is announced for Switch and PC with a planned release date of this year. If you're at PAX this weekend you can also check it out.

Runbow Coming To Switch and PlayStation 4 In April

We've known about the Switch and PS4 port for a while, but now it's official. 13AM Games' party platformer Runbow will be hitting Switch and PlayStation 4 digitally next month on April 24th.

A physical digital deluxe edition will follow on June 14th for both consoles. If that wasn't enough, 13AM Games will also be working with Dadako Studios to release Pirate Pop Plus on Switch as well.