Cryptic Studios is looking for talented VFX Artists to bring real-time sorcery and mayhem to the characters, creatures and world we’re creating in Neverwinter Online.

Every day you could be:

  • Envisioning and creating real-time visual effects that enhance gameplay and player immersion
  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and engineers to deliver visually impressive spells and abilities
  • Adding life and color to the game world through atmospherics, weather and environmental effects
  • Technically implementing, integrating, troubleshooting and ensuring the performance of effects in our proprietary engine
  • Iterating on VFX assets based on feedback from the dev team and player community

What we'd like to see:

  • Demonstrated experience and passion for creating real-time visual effects for video games
  • Extensive understanding of 3D graphics, shaders, particle systems, physics, ribbons, etc.
  • Excellent sense of VFX movement, animation, timing, impact and anticipation
  • Ability to visualize and create VFX systems, textures and materials from scratch, in a broad range of styles
  • Strong game design awareness and ability to create effects that support and communicate gameplay
  • Technical aptitude and high level of comfort working with complex, node-based systems, scripts and proprietary tools
  • Proven ability to create performance-minded visual effects within established budgets
  • Expert level proficiency with Photoshop and 3ds Max or equivalent 2D and 3D software
  • Self-motivated, with excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude
  • BA or BS degree in art or equivalent work experience


  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art
  • Basic understanding of animation and simple rigging
  • Proficiency with Houdini and/or other VFX simulation tools
  • Passion for the Dungeons & Dragons franchise

Required application materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating consistently brilliant, eye-catching, real-time VFX
  • An art test may be required

What Cryptic Offers:

  • Remote Work Options - Anywhere Within The US
  • A fun tight-knit team
  • Full-Time role 
  • Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off
  • Health Insurance & Perks
  • Company social events 
  • Recognition 
  • Pet-Friendly

Cryptic Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, marital status, age, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under California Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, genetic information, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), sexual orientation, or any other protected class, characteristic, or consideration made unlawful under applicable federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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