Lead Programmer

Half Mermaid
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April 18, 2024
Full Time
$100k – $150k per year

We are seeking a Lead Programmer to join our studio and manage the codebase and programming team for an upcoming project in development. 


Work With Us on Project D████

We are developing a third person horror game with experimental narrative, a return to the genre that Sam previously explored with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Candidates with experience of shipping a third person Unreal title on console are preferred. We’re combining AAA experience with indie agility to deliver a big, ambitious game and are assembling a small team to make it happen as we move from pre-production into full development.


Responsibilities & Skills

  • Designing, developing, and managing the codebase and build process
  • Manage and mentor a small programming team
  • Experienced with
    • Third-person character gameplay and animation systems
    • Complex level streaming
    • Motion capture pipelines
    • Photoreal rendering
  • Shipped a third person character game on console
  • Experienced with Unreal Engine 5


All candidates for the Half Mermaid roles are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Comfort working with a hybrid in-person and remote team
  • An appreciation for narrative and psychological horror
  • Alignment with our studio’s stated mission and values


This is a full-time position scheduled to begin in Summer 2024. We are open to discussing remote or hybrid working formats with the right candidate.


Yearly Salary Range: $100,000 – $150,000

Salaries listed reflect the estimated base range for the roles. Your offer will be based on multiple factors, such as experience and work location.


To Apply

Please use our Job Application form. Do not email your application, it will not be reviewed if it is not submitted using the Job Application form.

Applicants from traditionally marginalized identities within the game industry are highly encouraged to apply. Half Mermaid Productions does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues using our job application form, please email jobs@halfmermaid.co.


Half Mermaid

Half Mermaid Productions is an independent video game studio founded by Sam Barlow. Our mission is to create authored, player-centric stories across the spectrum of narrative genres. Our game IMMORTALITY was the first ever indie game to get a perfect 10/10 in Edge Magazine and won BAFTA, GDC, and IGF awards, holding its own against AAA titans.


Our Mission

To create authored, player-centric stories across the spectrum of narrative genres.


Our Values

As the founding members of Half Mermaid, we worked together to establish the following values for our studio. For an in-depth explanation behind each of these pillars, please visit our Brand Value Deck.

  • Community. Our studio was founded in Brooklyn, outside the central hub of the game industry and surrounded by the deep history of storytelling, art, and culture in New York City. We have the opportunity to enrich the development of games around our home, and the responsibility to include and amplify new and underrepresented voices in our scene.

  • Innovation. We are driven to create new game genres and push the boundaries of how game mechanics are utilized to tell stories. As popular entertainment continues to become more interactive, we aim to shape its future.

  • Integrity. We believe in a proactive approach to ensuring the quality of our work and how we go about making it. We value and nurture the voices of our creators. When mistakes are made, we listen, learn, and take action.

  • Inclusivity. We are the change we want to see in the gaming industry. That means we center narratives around a diverse set of individuals. It also means we are and work with a diverse set of individuals, providing a multiplicity of perspectives on our methods and projects.
Featured Game

IMMORTALITY is an interactive trilogy from Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story. Use the cinematic ability to teleport from scene to scene to explore a treasure trove of newly unearthed footage from the three lost films of Marissa Marcel and traverse decades of movie history.

Telling Lies is an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling. Four private lives. One big lie. Search through secretly recorded video conversations to discover the truth.

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