Microsoft /  The Coalition

Senior Gameplay AI Engineer - Gears of War

Microsoft / The Coalition

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

full time

26 Apr 2021

Microsoft /  The Coalition

We have a great opportunity at The Coalition Studio for a Senior Gameplay AI Engineer. This opportunity is best suited for an experienced engineer with a background working closely with Designers and Animators to create outstanding gameplay experiences in a core AAA game. The role will be to create and maintain AI systems as well as build believable characters and behaviours for our AAA game projects. As a senior candidate, you should be able to solve hard problems with little oversight. Our ideal candidate will be a committed gamer with a passion for delivering new experiences to the core consumer. Applicants must also be able to remain positive and work effectively and efficiently in a diverse team-oriented environment.


  • Design, implement, and maintain AI systems.
  • Build character AI that realizes a particular character design.
  • Build reusable AI behaviours that can be shared between characters.
  • Analyze performance and memory use and effectively optimize.
  • Identify opportunities for improved efficiency and/or ease of use in existing systems.
  • Provide documentation, tutorials, and presentations on how to use the AI systems.
  • Work closely with gameplay content creators to help realize their vision.


  • 5-7+ years of experience in current generation AAA console and PC games.
  • University level degree in computer science or a related field.
  • Strong C++ knowledge.
  • Strong gameplay-relevant math skills (linear algebra, quaternions, splines, geometry, trigonometry, etc.).
  • Strong knowledge of the math, data structures and algorithms commonly used in AI and gameplay systems.
  • Deep experience with AI systems
  • Deep experience building AI characters
  • Experience with companion AI or non-humanoid creatures is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills and comfortable working closely with designers and content developers.
  • Possess a client focused mindset.
  • Flexibility and willingness to jump across multiple systems as required.
  • Experience with multiplayer and/or co-op gameplay development is a plus.
  • Unreal engine experience is a plus.
  • Strong debugging and optimization skills in a multi-threaded environment.
  • Experience developing tools and modules for game development.
  • In-depth understanding of game development process and workflows.
  • A desire to provide the best experience to our content creators and our players.
  • Knowledge of other common AI languages (Python) is desirable.
  • An awareness of software development best practices, particularly for design, coding, and testing.

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