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WORKING AT LARIAN STUDIOS

We're an independent RPG developer founded in 1996 in Gent, Belgium. Our latest game, Divinity: Original Sin, won over 150 awards and nominations, and now we're cooking up several follow-up projects.

Who are we looking for? Talented, passionate RPG enthusiasts who prefer action and dynamism over bureaucracy and routine. We embrace people who see things differently, can teach us something new, and are ready to break the rules (in a healthy and productive manner). We tend to stick with highly self-motivated people who require little supervision and are not afraid to experiment. Fresh ideas are our signature, and we're looking for folks with a few of their own.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for writers, scripters, animators and artists. For more information about each opportunity, please have a look at the details below.

We are also currently setting up our publishing team based in Dublin, Ireland which also has some content/development positions.

If you are interested in working at Larian Studios, don't hesitate to send in your curriculum along with a short introduction and a demo reel, source code, sample levels or portfolio to jobs@larian.com. Please include a short motivation letter (including your favorite games). Curriculums will be kept on file and reviewed when positions arise. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

All documents should be written in English.
Recruitment agencies need not apply.


PUBLISHING OFFICE IN DUBLIN

RPG Writer

Larian Publishing Office, Dublin, Ireland

Responsibilities:

  • Work with game designers to create interesting, engrossing game worlds encompassing innovative plot and character arcs
  • Generate outlines, lore bibles, character descriptions, casting documents, and other support materials
  • Design and implement creative and memorable characters with audience appeal
  • Design dialogues, considering information flow and audience engagement
  • Write grammatically correct, memorable dialogues and copy
  • Iterate upon own and others’ scripts, revising for content, clarity, tone, and voice
  • Assist as needed with marketing and other company communications that require the written word

Essential Skills:

  • Passion and ability to create compelling fiction
  • Knowledge of a range of forms, including dramatic, narrative, poetic, and others
  • Understanding of how narrative events in a nonlinear environment can enhance player engagement
  • Ability to write sharp dialogue with lots of personality from a variety of perspectives and voices
  • Ability to blend personal voice and style with existing fictional worlds
  • Ability to respond to story notes and other editorial feedback in a prompt, effective manner
  • Eagerness to portray a multiplicity of voices that toy with and challenge clichĂ©s
  • Deadline-oriented

Essential Experience:

  • Five years of disciplined writing, either professionally or as a growing writer with a large and dynamic body of work
  • College degree in writing or related field (or equivalent professional experience)
  • Knowledge of games and interactivity from storytelling, character development, and user engagement perspectives. You must not only play video games, but understand them as a dramatic form.
  • Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
  • Fantasy writing and sci-fi writing experience is a plus

Writing Samples: jobs_ireland@larian.com

Please submit at least two polished samples demonstrating mastery of narrative structure, character development, and dialogue. Samples should be full-length, not excerpts (Shorter forms like television or comic scripts are acceptable, but the samples should showcase an entire story from beginning to end).

If you do not have professional experience, please submit at least four samples.

Web and Graphic Designer

Larian Publishing Office, Dublin, Ireland

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the marketing team to redesign Larian websites
  • Support and maintain Larian websites, including Larian.com, DivinityOriginalSin.com, DragonCommander.com and future projects.
  • Publish news items, images, features, and more
  • Manage newsletter concept/design/execution and distribution to our rapidly-growing audience
  • Maintain an up-to-date press kit
  • Create a variety of marketing assets and layouts, including, but not limited to screenshots, packaging design, promotion pictures, trade-show booth design, and so forth
  • Assist as needed with marketing and other company communications that require the written word.

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent Adobe Photoshop skills
  • Fluency with core graphic design principles (type, color, layout, composition, motion graphics) and the confidence to bend design rules when necessary
  • Proficient with web standards and technologies, including but not limited to HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript and web browser optimization; including how they are being used in current design trends and techniques
  • Knowledge of Wordpress and other Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Ability to respond to notes and other feedback in a prompt, effective manner.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no oversight or supervision
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Deadline oriented.

Essential Experience:

  • 4+ years of either freelance or full-time work with a wide array of design and technical skills in graphic and Web design
  • Any combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
  • Knowledge of games industry
  • Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
  • Fantasy art and UI design experience is a plus

Portfolio:

Please submit at least ten polished samples demonstrating mastery of result-oriented graphic design and web design.

If you do not have professional experience, please submit at least twenty samples.

Support and Community Manager

Larian Publishing Office, Dublin, Ireland

Responsibilities:

  • Engage with the player community through various channels (support mail, social media, forums, Steam, and more)
  • Provide support for players on a regular basis through support mail and forums
  • Work with developers to gather bugs and feature requests, collecting them on daily basis
  • Encourage the modding community with advice and motivating them with content-creation contests
  • Push Larian brand throughout different communities, working in partnership with other companies/platforms
  • Generate and execute ideas that will support community growth and content creation around Larian games

Essential Skills:

  • Experienced with Divinity: Original Sin (Steam profile with 80+ hours played); past Larian games experience is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills with good sense of humor (our games are fun and you should be too)
  • Excellent English (journalism or other writing background is a plus). Knowledge of other languages is a plus.
  • You are a problem-solver who looks beyond usual solutions, checks all sources, uncovers hidden problems, and fixes them
  • Understanding of all major social media platforms; willing to learn constantly about new SMM opportunities
  • Ability to respond to notes and other feedback in a prompt, effective manner
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no oversight or supervision
  • Deadline-oriented

Essential Experience:

  • 4+ years of either freelance or full-time relevant work experience
  • Any combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
  • Knowledge of games industry
  • Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
  • Experience with social media and online forums
  • You have a whole bunch of people who have worked with you, who would highly recommend you, and who will tell us they loved working with you (and be happy to provide us with that information upon request).

To apply:

Submit a CV with a motivational letter about yourself, your work and gaming experience and why you want to work at Larian to jobs_ireland@larian.com. Please provide examples of your past work.

Marketing and Social Media Manager

Larian Publishing Office, Dublin, Ireland

Responsibilities:

  • Push Larian brands through various channels including, but not limited to Larian websites, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, Kickstarter, Steam Community, and more
  • Conduct and execute various promotions, advertising placements, and events
  • Work with our external partners to ensure that Larian brands are well-presented throughout their platforms
  • Create engaging, interesting content for our social networks
  • Generate and execute ideas that will support brand awareness, community growth, and content creation around Larian games
  • Track the media coverage of Larian games on a weekly basis - including non-English press
  • Stay up-to-date with the games industry and what is going on in a social media field
  • Develop and edit written materials including plans, press releases, media alerts, fact sheets, and FAQs;

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills with a good sense of humor (our games are fun and you should be too)
  • Excellent native English (journalism or other writing background is a plus)
  • Understanding of all major social media platforms
  • Superb presentation skills
  • Very high attention to detail
  • Ability to respond to notes and other feedback in a prompt, effective manner
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no oversight or supervision
  • Deadline-oriented

Essential Experience:

  • 4+ years of relevant experience (PR, journalism, or other)
  • Any combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
  • Knowledge of games industry
  • Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
  • Experience with social media and online forums
  • You have a whole bunch of people who have worked with you, who would highly recommend you, and who will tell us they loved working with you (and be happy to provide us with that information upon request)

To apply:

Submit a CV with a motivational letter about yourself, your work and gaming experience and why you want to work at Larian to jobs_ireland@larian.com. Please provide examples of your past work.


 

WRITERS GUILD

Since we're working on several new projects we want to expand our writing team and we have two specific kinds of writers in mind:

The Emotionalist

RPGs shouldn't only present the player with hero's journeys, but also emotional ones. Especially with multiplayer in mind, the social aspects of our games will become increasingly important as a wide variety of interaction will be made possible between the players and their companions. That is why we are looking for a writer who is an expert at creating emotionally and psychologically challenging dialogue. We want our games to be not only about the quest, but also the personal growth your characters go through as they are faced with a wide variety of dilemma's, tragedies and victories.

The Game Master

We believe a good quest isn't just about fetching items from challenging monsters: it is first and foremost about the story it tells within the bigger picture. Each quest is a nucleus unto itself that should leave the players wondering about the impact of their choices. And so we are looking for a writer who can design compelling stories as well as write the dialogues that do them justice.

Needless to say we expect all candidates to be either native speakers or perfectly fluent in English!

We also require you to have a played a great amount of RPGs, i.e. you are very well acquainted with the type of games we at Larian create.


SCRIPTERS GUILD

Gameplay Scripter

As gameplay scripter you become a core part of the design team. That means you don't just script: you add to the quest design of the game. You don't just lay out the basics, but adapt and improve as well.

Here are some of the things that will be required of a gameplay scripter:

  • You have an analytical mind that is able to approach quests from a player's perspective and you can assess whether a quest is fun to play and flows well. Good insight in the entire design process is very important.
  • You're able to independently come up with creative solutions for whatever quest design problems may arise and implement them.
  • You have great attention for detail. There are usually dozens of ways to break a freshly scripted quest. Let's see if you stay one step ahead of QA every time!
  • You have good communication skills.
  • You are more than familiar with the RPG genre and you have played many RPGs extensively and critically.
  • Programming experience is a must!

ANIMATORS GUILD

We are looking for several animators to join Larian Studios. As an animator, your responsibilities include:

  • Working in a creative environment in which you create in-game animations for creatures and assets.
  • Assisting level designers in their needs to create an emotionally engaging world.
  • Working with the lead animator to ensure timely completion of animations at a desired quality level.
  • Cooperating in a peer review method and maintain your own animations through polish and bug fixing.

Junior Animator

  • You're qualified in working with 3DSmax Biped/CAT or Maya custom rigs.
  • You have a solid understanding of basic animation principles.
  • You're motivated, you have good communication skills and you're able to work in a team.
  • You have a passion for video games and their animations.

Senior Animator

  • You have a minimum of 3 years' experience in game animations and the game industry.
  • You're qualified in working with 3DSmax Biped/CAT and Maya custom rigs.
  • You have a solid understanding of basic animation principles.
  • You possess the ability to coach and help level-up the junior members of the team.
  • You have strong problem-solving abilities.
  • You have a passion for video games and their animations.

Animator Pluses

  • Proficient in Max script, Mel script and/or Python.
  • Experienced in FX, particle, procedural animation and motion capture.
  • Knowledge of rigging in Maya.

Animator Submission Requirements

  • A cover letter is required that tells a bit about yourself and your motivations to join our team.
  • Portfolio, and/or reel demonstrating the required skills for the job.
  • Only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. websites, blogs, or online showcase).
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so.
  • Willing to relocate to Quebec (Canada) and work on location.

ARTISTS GUILD

Larian Studios is looking for skilled 3D artists to work on future RPG Projects. We are looking for Character Artists, Environment Artists and Level Designers to reinforce the Larian Quebec office. Depending on the specific job position, the perfect candidate has the following skills:

  • A minimum of 3 years in the industry is required.
  • Expertise in creating and Baking Highpoly models, created in 3DS max / Z-brush and texturing them in Photoshop (or equivalent 3D and 2D programs). Both organic and hard surface.
  • A strong interest in Medieval/fantasy/steampunk characters and environments.
  • Able to produce interesting looking assets within different styles, depending on the project, even when there is no concept art available. (Or create your own 2D concepts.)
  • Good communication skills, able to work in a team and take creative input from the Art Director.
  • Work together with the other departments to supply the designers' needs and streamline the tools and processes.
  • Excellent feeling for shape, colour, lighting and composition. Both at Object level as at Scene level.
  • Able to create interesting looking levels with the in-game assets: decorating houses, forests, wastelands, fantasy landscapes,...
  • Expertise in creating modular set pieces like walls, stairs, houses, etc.
  • Expertise in creating shaders to make interesting looking materials.
  • Excellent knowledge of human anatomy.
  • Able to setup and animate simple assets. (Doors opening, machines parts moving,...)
  • Expertise in creating Modular systems for clothes and armours for players and NPCs.
  • Strong 2D skills are a plus for a 3D artist.
  • Experience in architecture or design is also a plus.

In the end, whether you are a skilled Character Artist, Environment Artist or a generalist, the most important thing is that we like the things we see in your portfolio! Level Designers must have a thorough knowledge of RPGs and have played many of the games in the genre extensively.