London Studio are building an upcoming PlayStation 5 online game from the ground up. Quality is something that we are immensely proud to be striving for, and we are looking at putting the right team together to help take us forward with this brand-new project. New starters will be joining at the perfect time to get involved in shaping our plans for a game we are exceptionally passionate about.
We are also part of a wider network of PlayStation Studios and there are lots of opportunities for collaboration and wider support from our sister studios like Insomniac, Guerrilla, Naughty Dog and Media Molecule to name a few.
We are searching for a Senior Gameplay AI Programmer who is just as passionate about what they do as we are. It is a great opportunity to help shape a product that aspires to be best in class. You’ll be working with designers and the wider studio to develop AI systems and NPC behaviours to deliver studio technology, intended to create high quality exciting gameplay and a rich and rewarding player focused experience.
Scope of Work
Prototyping new AI features and explore creative ideas with a focus on quality and the player experience.
Designing, prototyping, developing, documenting, testing, and maintaining highly accessible AI features & systems in close collaboration with other programmers, designers, and animators.
Design and development of wider gameplay systems, AI related tooling and implementing game content.
Solving gameplay related issues throughout the team.
Proactively and methodically improving quality and efficiency.
Experience / Knowledge
Knowledge and awareness of various established Game AI methodologies, with particular focus on decision frameworks, pathfinding, and spatial evaluation techniques.
Experience working with animation and character related technologies.
Excellent C++ programming skills. Proficiency in maths and 3D geometry. Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
Robust software engineering and software architecture principles. Experience of working with and interfacing to a large codebase, including systems such as: graphics, physics, animation, audio, and networking.
Objective profiling, analysis, and optimisation skills. An appreciation of parallelism and the implications for system design, and a methodical approach to debugging and problem solving.
Development of a network focused title.
Experience working in a small, focused work group and collaborating with a large multi-discipline team. Excellent communication skills, with a passion for practical gameplay development.
PlayStation platform development, PC or other console-based development, or mobile applications and games.
A successful shipped console or mobile title that achieved critical acclaim and did well in the market.
Gameplay and AI programmers are immensely valued and respected members of our team. We believe that great AI Implementation takes a combined effort across each discipline, as such the role offers an important link between the technical, tooling & design fields. As part of a Sony first-party studio, your work will be played by millions of players across the world.
This is a Senior level role and as such you will have experience working collaboratively in a team and building AI systems from scratch, whilst also helping to set the standard for Player/AI interactions.
We encourage you to bring your best-unaltered self to work! We know that what makes for a phenomenal team culture is our team showing up and being themselves, which means they own a part of the team spirit. What makes us great is that we accept our people and their differences. We hope you have a willingness to continue to build outstanding working environments for everyone and not just yourself.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocate
You are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, and to you, they aren’t just buzzwords. You will understand that these words speak to people’s lived experiences that may differ from your own. You will embrace education around the subject and understand that your actions will showcase your commitment to DE&I, our culture and core values that promote inclusion and equality for all.
Our roles can be flexible in terms of work location in the UK. We will consider the individual’s preference for hybrid, remote or onsite working. Unfortunately we are not in a position to accommodate remote working outside of the UK.
However, if you wish to relocate to the UK and require sponsorship, we can support you with the visa process.
We have so many benefits, and we felt that if we listed them all out here it might look like we are bragging! What we can say is that we have you covered, from health and wellbeing, to finance and personal development, there is something there for everyone! If you would like to know more head to our benefits and perks page!
We are absolutely committed to promoting and increasing diversity across the studio, welcoming applications from all groups who are underrepresented in the games industry and if you don't feel you meet 100% of the criteria, we offer training to upskill our staff.