Cold Iron Studios

Position Summary

Cold Iron is seeking an experienced Principal VFX Artist to join us in creating our next game for consoles and PC! This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country.

Are you excited about breathing life into characters, creatures, weapons, and environments through awesome visual effects? Do you excel at using your technical knowledge and art skills together to make FX that are as visually impressive as they are fast to render? Do you love how a good visual effect can add that extra something special to an enemy ability, or make a weapon feel so much more fun and powerful?

Here’s the most important one: Do you do it all for the game? Because you know that your talents are needed to make sure that even the best development teams get an awesome experience out the door?

Awesome. Come join our creative, collaborative studio where you will be part of a tight, integrated team of game developers.

Your Day to Day

You can expect to be responsible and accountable for the following:

  • Design and build FX for weapons, player abilities, enemy creatures, and environmental atmospherics using Unreal
  • Help develop and drive a unique FX art style for the game
  • Use your creative technical abilities to develop FX within budget
  • Collaborate closely with other disciplines, both artistic and technical
  • Assist in establishing pipelines for the best results in a given amount of time
  • Help set and maintain the high quality bar for the game
  • Assist in scoping work for on time milestone deliveries
  • Guide and mentor other team members

Your Career Progression

Do the best work of your career! No, really, that’s what we expect of you. Come aboard and work with industry veterans all working to improve their craft and become better game developers. The small team atmosphere allows you to contribute more and have greater ownership over what you do day to day.


  • 5+ years of experience creating real-time special FX for video games
  • Portfolio of work demonstrating strong proficiency as an FX Artist
  • Professional experience working on recent generation games
  • Strong artistic skills and understanding Traditional Art and Animation principles
  • Ability to create fully optimized and hyper realistic in-game VFX for a wide range of system requirements
  • Passion for playing and creating games
  • Self driven with strong communication skills
  • Ability to mentor and teach other artists
  • Ability to tackle challenges and problem solve with a strong sense of ownership
  • Ability to work closely with many other disciplines and be a team player
  • Advanced understanding of Maya/Max, Photoshop, ZBrush, Substance
  • Advanced understanding of current game art pipelines and methodologies

Would Love to See

  • Experience with Unreal Engine
  • Experience with scripting and/or animation
  • Knowledge of volumetrics / fluid dynamics simulation programs (such as FumeFX, Afterburn) a plus
  • Understanding of, and experience developing or playing multiplayer games and/or shooters


  • No requirement


  • This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country.

Please Note

  • Applicants without a portfolio will not be considered

About our Location

Cold Iron is a team of passionate game developers located in San Jose, California. We’re a diverse group of veterans with decades of experience developing and launching award-winning shooter, MMO, and action titles on PC and console. We launched Aliens: Fireteam Elite in August 2021 to critical acclaim and to a very devoted fan base.

Exceptional employee benefits, Remote work; 18 days PTO first year in addition to 11 paid holidays plus company-wide shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Day; Robust Medical, Dental, Vision insurance coverage for entire family; Company matched 401k vested immediately; Flex Spending Accounts, annual stipend to help cover work from home expenses, ultra-creative environment.