Principal Materials Artist (Star Wars FPS)

Electronic Arts
February 19, 2024
Offerd Salary:$131,600 - $213,300
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Principal Materials Artist (Star Wars FPS) Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Requisition Number: 179199

Can this position be remote?: Yes

We are a global team of creators, storytellers, technologists, experience originators, innovators and so much more. We believe amazing games and experiences start with teams as diverse as the players and communities we serve. At Electronic Arts, the only limit is your imagination.

Founded in 2010 by the original creators of the Call of Duty Franchise, Respawn was created with the philosophy that when talented people have creative freedom, they'll make extraordinary games that achieve the unexpected. Our shipped titles include critically acclaimed multi-platform games Apex Legends, Titanfall, Titanfall 2, Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. You can learn more about our studio and values at

In collaboration with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars™ FPS Team is developing a new AAA FPS in the Star Wars™ galaxy. Inspired by classic titles like Dark Forces and Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2, our story-driven single player game is being developed from the ground up leveraging the power of Unreal Engine 5. We're combining this inspiration and technology with Respawn's pedigree for making best-in-class shooters to deliver a brand new experience our players will love.

We are recruiting for a Principal Materials Artist to join our growing team. As a Principal Materials Artist on the project, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining a high quality library of textures and materials that will serve as the backbone for all of the game's surfacing needs. Star Wars has a deep and rich history of planets and locations with rich “lived in” detail that provide an opportunity for a materials expert to let their work shine.

What you'll do…

  • Reporting to the Lead Environment Artist and working primarily with the Environment Team, you will build, curate, and manage a core library of textures and materials to be used across the game.
  • Address the needs of other disciplines that might benefit from a shared library, including our Hard Surface and Character team.
  • Work with Technical Art to co-develop our layered material system and customize it to suit specific needs.
  • Work with Lighting to ensure consistency in our surface response across the game.
  • Communicate across internal and external teams new and changing surface textures.
  • Create important pipelines supporting assets from Substance Designer, Substance Painter, and Megascan textures.
  • Work with production to schedule and deliver assets on time.
  • Ideally, you will have…

  • 7+ years professional experience as a 3D Artist for games. Experience working on AAA game/s through the full development cycle (from concept to ship) as an embedded member of a studio development team strongly preferred.
  • Portfolio of highly detailed surfaces with a focus on realistic material development. Display a range of surface types from naturalistic, artificial, and foliage.
  • Mastery of relevant software packages such as Maya, Photoshop, Substance Designer, Substance Painter.
  • A strong service minded approach to helping other art departments.
  • A strong understanding of modern physically based rendering, especially in Unreal.
  • Experience developing your own material graphs is a plus. Technical Art will be doing the heavy lifting, but the ability to quickly prototype and communicate to Technical Art is a big advantage.
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4/5 is nice to have, but not a requirement.
  • A desire to work in a highly collaborative, iterative team environment. Giving and accepting constructive feedback is a core value of our team.
  • Passion for making and playing games.
  • If this opportunity sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your resume and portfolio and we will get back to you once we have reviewed it.

    In addition to opportunities for creative impact and professional growth which come with being a member of our team, working at Respawn has many other perks and benefits! Learn more at


    The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these states. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.

    EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.


  • California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento):
  • º $131,600 - $213,300

  • New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo):
  • º $131,600 - $213,300

  • Jersey City, NJ:
  • º $154,800 - $213,300

  • Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs):
  • º $131,600 - $179,600

  • Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane):
  • º $131,600 - $195,200

    Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

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