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We here at Dark Synergy Studios are seeking a talented Animator to work on Wake Up Call, one of the first games powered by Unreal Engine 4. If you have skills and want to get in on the ground level of a game that is going to make it to market, read on.

Why Unreal Engine 4?
We have been using Unreal Engine 4 since November 2013, 5 months before it went public in March, and as such have gained quite a bit of experience with the engine. Ultimately, we made the switch to UE4 from UE3 for the better pricing structure and because the UE4 toolset is simply far superior.

The World Reveal Trailer is just the tip of the iceburg and should be viewed purely as a teaser, not indicative of final game quality at all.

What is the project status?
Wake Up call is currently in the pre-alpha stage, working on a target demo to show to our publisher/investor contacts or potentially to run a Kickstarter campaign. We are implementing core features of the game as we ramp up for this demo, including (and not necessarily limited to): various free-running moves, core stealth features and AI, and various other undisclosed features.

The screenshot below was taken from an old build at the beginning of April.

First WIP In-Game Screenshots!
First Images of Area around the City

What is the funding plan?
Wake Up Call is currently a game being made out of the passion of the talented developers involved using most of their spare time for this incredibly exciting project. That said, we don't plan on staying that way forever, and we are going to be shopping our demo around to our publisher/investor contacts once it's ready (later this Summer). If we come up empty, then we will likely go to Kickstarter to raise some initial funding to get us off the ground and go from there.

Why Should I Help You?
The team behind Wake Up Call is a truly talented and motivated bunch of exceptional guys. We take our work very seriously, and we treat this project like we would treat any paying job. Joining our team nets you the following things: you get to work with an incredibly professional and already well-established team, you get to be attached to a very high-potential and high-profile project, and you are very likely to land a paid job working on the game full-time once funding comes through. Plus, as a bonus, you are entitled to a percentage of game sales as royalties should you stay with us through the end.

Additionally, our team includes industry professionals who have worked on titles from Killzone 3 to Contagion. Our team also already includes a very talented Technical Designer, so you won't need to worry about rigging/engine integration; instead you can focus purely on your animation work. Bottom line, you will find yourself very much at home here with us.

What is Wake Up Call?
Wake Up Call is a next-generation sci-fi stealth-action shooter with a heavy emphasis on choice-driven gameplay and story in a unique and atmospheric post-apocalyptic world. Wake Up Call follows Kyle Rogers, an ex-special operations soldier who has been awakened after one hundred and fifty years of cryostasis sleep.

Back from the Grave - More Coming Soon!

Kyle quickly gets sucked into an alien Earth where conflict has broken out between the tyrannical Kalders and The Scarred, a guerrilla resistance group. Little do the factions of the world know, a massive station full of thousands of humans locked away in cryostasis lies beneath the ground, shrouded in mystery, and it won’t be long before Kyle realizes that the secrets of this world are far more dangerous than what caused The Collapse in the first place.

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Key Features:

  • Gripping and compelling story of survival and civil war set in an alien Earth.
  • Absolute first-person immersion utilizing the power of Unreal Engine 4 to pull you into our world.
  • Choice-driven gameplay and story -- every choice counts.
  • See your choices reflected in the world and the storyline.
  • Mix of stealth, heart-pounding action, and horror gameplay.
  • Play the game how you want to; sandbox level design principals support a wide variety of play-styles in every level.
  • Different play-styles in game result in different dialogue, choices, and interactions 100% organically: no dialogue wheels to slow things down.
  • You will have to play the game more than once to experience a majority of choice options.
Promo Wallpaper 2+3 with new logo

Our Vision:
Our vision with Wake Up Call is simple: create a high quality, immensely immersive experience that any and all sci-fi fans need to experience. We want to take atmosphere to a whole new level. Everything in the world has a story, everything reacts to your choices in game, and everything fits into a larger conflict that no one will see coming. The story will keep you, the player, on your toes constantly, while gameplay makes sure to take a few breaks here and there to let you relax and take in the impressive view. Once you finish the game, we want you to go back and see what different choices you could have made, take new routes through our sandbox levels, or even just to immerse yourself in the experience again.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for a talented Animator with generally at least 2-3 years of experience in the animation field. This experience does not need to be professional, but it is preferred. Your experience level will largely be judged by your portfolio, so as long as your portfolio is strong, you have a good shot at making the team. You will be expected to put in roughly 15-20 hours/week.

We have two positions open.

We are looking for the following skills:

  • Strong sense of realism and weight in hand-keyed animation.
  • Strong biped animation skills, particularly in a realistic style.
  • Experience in modern software platforms such as Maya/3DS Max.
  • Experience with cinematic animation as well as gameplay animation.
  • Exceptional team skills and the ability to harness constructive criticism, work with other team members directly to complete features, and provide your own constructive criticism for others.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • And of course, a passion for gaming, particularly the stealth/action genres.

The following are bonuses for us:

  • Previously shipped a AAA/Indie title that uses modern 3D graphics and animation technology as an Animator.
  • Experience in one or more related disciplines: 3D Art, Concept Art, 2D Animation, etc.
  • Experience in FX and particle animation.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you will apply or maybe even refer your friends/family if they would be a good fit for us!

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