The Coalition is a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals who are united in their passion for Gears of War. As a Microsoft first-party studio, we are dedicated to pushing the limits of interactive entertainment and taking Gears to new heights.
We believe that if you want to go far, go together. It takes a diverse team of people sharing a common vision to make a groundbreaking game. Great teams are defined by mutual trust, shared purpose, and the determination to overcome any obstacle together. We also believe that fun games can only come from teams that have fun! We take our work seriously, but not ourselves.
And when it comes to having fun, it helps that The Coalition is located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. With a mild climate, vibrant nightlife, abundant arts and culture, diverse culinary scene, and no end of outdoors adventure, Vancouver has something for everyone.
The Coalition is looking for people who are a great cultural fit with our team and have the energy, passion, and determination to get things done. If you want to work with exceptionally talented people, create mind-blowing Gears of War games, and have a blast doing it, you’ve come to right place!
For art-related positions, we prefer applications that include online portfolios / demos. It should be current, display original work samples, and include a breakdown of what you did in each shot.
Follow the link and submit your resume through the Microsoft Careers site or email email@example.com.
The Coalition does not directly hire temporary roles but we do use external developers to take on specific projects on behalf of The Coalition. These developers hire candidates directly to fill these temporary roles. Below are examples of the types of temporary roles that one of our external developers may need to fill during the lifetime of a project. To find out more about these and other open temporary roles please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Penty & Ian Wong, The Coalition
We have created a new material system for Gears of War 4 inside Unreal Engine that allows artists to layer dozens of materials with complete material tuning control and flexibility - then cook out the results in-engine for incredibly efficient run-time performance.Download 13 MB
Colin Matisz & Andy Yi Shen, The Coalition
Gears of War 4 is one of the first titles to take full advantage of the High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV output of the Xbox One S. We developed techniques & technologies to do this, including using HDR reference photography, a modified tonemapper, lumen-based lighting, HDR sky materials, camera exposure ranges, post processes and a tuning environment for emissive surfaces and visual effects. We built a strong foundation of physically based materials and other shader techniques to create a wide variety of realistic surfaces that react beautifully to light. Our artists had the challenge of achieving the goals of art direction, while meeting the performance goals of 1080p30 in single player and 1080p60 in multiplayer gameplay. Using available lighting techniques in UE4 + custom tools, we implemented best practices to optimize our artist workflow resulting in stunning visuals.Download 19 MB
John Tennant & Nikunj Raghuvanshi, The Coalition
Project Triton is the first successful effort for detailed scene-dependent wave acoustics in games. Triton will ship in 'Gears of War 4', resulting from a collaboration between The Coalition and Microsoft Research. Triton robustly models complex wave phenomena such as diffraction, scattered reflections and reverberation on static 3D level geometry. In doing so, it captures important effects like smooth occlusion around obstacles or longer reverberation in large halls, as well as how these effects change when source and listener move through the environment. Nikunj and John will discuss both the technical and design aspects of the system, providing details on its integration in Unreal Engine 4 and AudioKinetic Wwise. They will also discuss how interpreting the Triton data forced them to define stylized cinematic and emotional acoustics for 'Gears of War 4' to navigate their way out of an uncanny valley of game audio.Download 5 MB