Crytek Is Seeking a Highly Skilled Senior Lighting Artist to Work on Crysis 4

Crytek is looking for a skilled Senior Lighting Artist to join the team and contribute to the fourth installment of the Crysis franchise.

Crytek, the developer of Crysis, is actively searching for a highly skilled Senior Lighting Artist to join its team and contribute to the anticipated fourth installment of the Crysis franchise.

The studio is looking for a specialist who ho possesses strong communication skills and can effectively bridge the gap between programmers and artists. This role requires expertise in developing state-of-the-art lighting solutions for next-generation games.

The prospective employee will be based in Frankfurt, with Crytek offering an attractive relocation package. For candidates who are already based in a European Union member state, a permanent work contract is available with the option to work remotely.


  • Working with Level Designers, Artists, and Programmers to create real-time and baked lighting moods and effects for static, dynamic, and animated environments, cinematics, characters, etc. within the platform's limitations;
  • Creation of skyboxes and other geometry-based lighting assets (sun shafts, glows, flares, etc.);
  • Balancing and maintaining consistent light levels across a variety of physically based materials and surfaces;
  • Finding, discussing, and fixing material inconsistencies that might affect shading quality;
  • Collaboration with other Lighting Artists on the team to ensure consistent quality across the game;
  • Texture creation using available graphic applications (e.g. Photoshop);
  • The population of light entities and cube maps in a game using the CRYENGINE Sandbox Editor and tools;
  • Color grading (e.g. compositing, color correction);
  • Global Illumination Setup;
  • Creating dramatic, unique, and interesting day/night setups using the CRYENGINE Sandbox Editor and tools;
  • Take on a number of tasks and responsibilities across multiple projects within Crytek;
  • Develop, refine, test, and provide feedback on new cutting-edge technologies created for the CRYENGINE;
  • Solving technical issues that arise with new tools or game performance.


  • 4+ years of professional experience lighting for next-gen games on PC and console hardware;
  • Experience in working within hardware constraints of PC and console hardware;
  • Experience with real-time and baked lighting solutions for video games is a necessity;
  • Excellent art sense (e.g. knowledge of composition, color, lighting, etc.);
  • Solid understanding of the basic theory of light propagation and light-material interaction;
  • Ability to work with multiple disciplines to meet the project’s specific needs;
  • Capable of working both as a member of a development team and individually with minimum supervision;
  • Must have the ability to conceptualize, present, and execute ideas within a schedule, while actively participating in technical and artistic problem-solving;
  • Ability to quickly understand custom toolsets and deliver assets within the confines of real-time engine constraints and programming demands;
  • An organized approach to problem-solving and time management;
  • Good English communication and writing skills;
  • Positive team-oriented attitude;
  • Be proactive and self-motivated. 

You will be an ideal candidate if you have experience with CRYENGINE and Sandbox Editor and experience in working with feature film workflows. Strong comprehension of both real-time and pre-baked lighting systems is also a plus.

Additionally, it would be great if you have hands-on experience in crafting and configuring geometry assets specifically for in-game lighting effects. Furthermore, familiarity with real-world lighting situations (including natural light and artificial “studio” type lighting, and/or photography) is highly valued.

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