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Senior Gameplay Animation Programmer

Epic Games

Epic Games

Software Engineering
Montreal, QC, Canada
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Unreal-powered projects have been on the bleeding edge of real-time entertainment for over 20 years. Our team of programming experts are always innovating to improve the tools and technology that empower content developers worldwide.

What You'll Do

We are looking for an experienced Gameplay Animation Programmer for our Engine Animation Programming Development team. You will be responsible for developing, enhancing and maintaining core gameplay animation systems of Unreal Engine 5, as well as optimizing them for multiple platforms. You will also work closely with other teams, artists and product managers to turn cutting-edge R&D into production ready features used in shipped titles.

In this role, you will

  • Develop novel runtime and gameplay focused animation tools and technology
  • Extend, enhance and support existing animation tools and technology
  • Work closely with other programmers, animators, technical animators, product designers, leads and external technology partners across multiple teams and time zones
  • Collaborate with leadership on a vision to push Animation Technology forward in Unreal Engine and first party and third party games and projects
  • Write technical documentation and designs

What we're looking for

  • 3+ years of professional game and/or animation system development experience
  • A passion for Locomotion Systems, 3Cs, gameplay animation look and feel
  • Comfortable with common runtime animation techniques: animation state machines, root motion, IK, pose warping, etc
  • Extensive experience in writing C++ applications
  • Excellent linear algebra skills and applications of linear algebra in software
  • Experience with multi-threaded programming and system tasks such as graphics, audio, I/O, networking, memory handling, debuggers, etc
  • Experience with application-level programming such as script compilers and user-facing tools
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with both technical and non-technical people alike
  • Performance-minded development and optimization skills

Nice to have skills

  • Demonstrated interest in games
  • Previous experience with Unreal Engine
  • An eye for detail and appreciation for the craft of making games and animation
  • Fluent in state of the art animation systems, algorithms and techniques
  • Experience with gameplay systems, such as character movement, collision querying, and action sequencing


We pay 100% for benefits for both employees and dependents and offer coverage for supplemental medical, dental, vision, critical illness, telemedicine, Life and AD&D, long term disability insurance as well as weekly indemnity (short term disability) and a retirement savings plan with a competitive employer match. In addition to the EAP (employee assistance program), we also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents.


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.

Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!

Epic Games deeply values diverse teams and an inclusive work culture, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy here.

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