Release Engineer

Discipline: Programming

Location: Cambridge

Employment Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 29 September 2019

Salary: Competitive

Release Engineer

Frontier are the studio behind Jurassic World Evolution, Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster. We are Britain’s biggest independent publisher and developer of videogames, based among the world-leading technology cluster in the historic city of Cambridge, England.

We are proud to be named one of the UK’s Best Places to Work by

An opportunity for an exceptional programmer to build a career in game development while contributing to a truly incredible game. We are considering graduate and experienced candidates for this position. 

The development of Elite Dangerous is a very complicated process, taking the work of over one hundred people and delivering this to millions of players as incremental updates across multiple platforms. As a Release Engineer you will build a deep understanding of what each developer is contributing and how that fits together to make the game.

As the game team works towards each major public release of the game, there are internal checkpoints where work-in-progress is assessed. You will understand what each developer is contributing for these internal releases, and own the process of getting their work into stable builds for review, throughout this process you will develop an understanding of the Elite Dangerous codebase and our COBRA Engine.  You will continue this work as the game approaches a public release, working with the QA team to prepare builds for internal testing. After a major update of the game is released to players there will be several minor updates to fix bugs and address other issues, where you will focus on getting these changes into stable releases for players.

In addition to bringing work together for internal and public releases, you will have opportunities to investigate bug reports and make improvements to the technology that powers the game. You will work with client-server network architectures and game console development kits. You will use your broad knowledge of the game to improve development pipelines and automation tools. You can make a big contribution to how Elite Dangerous is developed, and ultimately make the game even better for players.


  • Understanding the goals and constraints of each internal and public release of Elite Dangerous.
  • Learning how the work done by different people fits to together to make the game.
  • Assembling the work from the team needed for each release.
  • Refining the development process to make future releases simpler and faster.
  • Coaching other team members in how to work with the release process.
  • Investigating and improving the technology that the game is built upon.

About you

  • Holds a degree (or equivalent qualification) in a programming-related subject, such as Computer Science.
  • Talented programmer, proficient in C++ and confident in picking up other languages and technologies on the job.
  • Familiar with source control software and version control management.
  • Good problem solving and communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic about fulfilling this key role within a diverse creative team.
  • Passionate about continually improving a game with dedicated active players.


  • Knowledge of game development technologies and asset authoring tools.
  • Familiarity with game engines, such as Unreal or Unity.
  • Experience using Subversion (SVN) source control tools.
  • Exposure to Xbox One or Playstation4 development.

What we can offer you

At Frontier we believe your work should be rewarding in every way. We offer the chance to work on blockbuster franchises and world-leading IP in a studio environment considered one of the best places to work in the UK.

We also offer a range of flexible benefits to our 400+ team, including life assurance, private family healthcare, pension, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, regular in-house wellbeing sessions, regular social events, and annual bonus and sharesave schemes for everyone to share in the studio’s success.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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