Blendshape Artist

ArtHybrid Remote, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire


Playground Games is looking for a Blendshape Artist to join our Fable team.


As a first-party Xbox Game Studio, we are passionate about making genre-defining games that are accessible, beautiful, and, most of all, fun. We are excited to be rebooting the much-loved Fable franchise and are expanding our diverse team to create a new classic in the action RPG genre.


You will be part of the Character Team, creating the people and creatures of Albion. You will work closely with the Lead Character Artist and Tech Anim Lead to deliver high quality Blendshapes, as well as providing feedback and documentation to outsource partners and other members of the team

Our ideal candidate is a talented artist who is passionate about their craft, skilled in sculpting and modelling human facial anatomy, combined with the technical understanding of cutting-edge facial rigging and animation

This is a contract role based at our state-of-the-art facilities in Royal Leamington Spa.


  • Bring the faces of Fable to life, through the creation of highly realistic blend shapes
  • Populating the blend shape sets and testing them to ensure each actor’s likeness is maintained
  • Aligning and cleaning up scanned expressions with the knowledge and skill to maintain the masses and underlying structure of the face
  • Work closely with our Tech anim to create highly realistic and efficient facial rigs for a range of characters


  • Deep knowledge of facial anatomy; specifically, its musculature, underlying structure and how that deforms in motion
  • Advanced knowledge of FACS and associated systems and the ability to properly isolate expressions
  • A broad experience, covering modelling, texturing, shading, rigging & skinning, animation, facial animation and blendshapes
  • A genuine passion for video games and Fable

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on the characters for a world class game with an established, talented, and collaborative team at one of the industry’s most exciting first-party game studios.

Playground Games is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity and inclusion fuels creativity.  We are dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable and welcoming working environment.   

We strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our team members.  It drives our innovation and connects us closer to our players.  We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

At Playground Games we recognise the importance of self-development, career progression, well-being and retention of our colleagues. We celebrate difference and welcome everyone to join us and to be themselves at work. 

If you require any reasonable accommodation to apply for this position, please contact us on [email protected]