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Stealth game AI Programmer- Senior / Mid Level

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Stealth game AI Programmer- Senior / Mid Level


Digital Lode is an immersive media company located in the Docklands Cotton Mills, Footscray. We are a team of VR evangelists working on a variety of real time-rendered VR projects for all platforms, with a focus on standalone consumer VR.

Digital Lode’s primary focus is our original "Espire VR” franchise. Espire 1: VR Operative released in November 2019 and is a single player VR experience with a focus on stealth, espionage and action. It’s a consistent top seller on the Oculus Quest storefront, and we want to take that success to the next level.

We are expanding our team and have a position open for an AI Programmer in a contract or full-time capacity. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in Stealth AI in a Virtual Reality context, who will join our company to take ownership of the AI programming, and create a system to put us in the big leagues of stealth action games.


- Work with the team to refine the AI system design
- Build a new AI system in UE4 using our existing implementation as a base
- Refine existing enemy classes (soldiers, flying drones, hostages, stationary threats)
- Build new enemy classes
- Create compelling boss AI
- Optimize AI system for the target hardware (Standalone VR)
- Work with the team to maintain and extend the AI system throughout production
- Generalist game programming and level scripting tasks


- Expert knowledge of and demonstrated experience with game AI
- 2+ year’s experience in a production environment
- Ability to work within the strict performance constraints of Standalone VR
- Ability to create functionality while working within (and improving) existing game systems
- Excellent attention to detail with the ability to work to deadlines
- Have a proactive and problem solving attitude
- Ability to self manage, prioritise and work to deadlines
- Work well within a team environment
- Ability to work remotely off-site (Covid 19)

Preference to applicants:

- With UE4 production experience
- With prior experience working with stealth game AI
- Who are Australian Citizens (or have relevant working visas) with the ability to work onsite in a covid-normal world (our studio is in Footscray’s “Docklands Cotton Mills” - Melbourne Australia)
- Prior VR, Android or multi-platform development experience
- Perforce and JIRA Experience