Careers

Senior System Designer

Volition is searching for a Senior Designer to fill a System Designer role. The successful candidate will have a proven track record designing various game systems such as player control, enemy and ally AI behavior, weapons, and difficulty balancing for AAA third-person open world games. Experience in combat design is a plus.

Responsibilities:
Work on cross-discipline teams to design and develop gameplay systems for the product. Specific responsibilities may include vehicles, player control, AI behavior, weapons, and/or other systems. For each area of responsibility, the Senior Systems Designer is expected to do the following:

• Understand how the system fits within the strategic overview of the product design
• Ensure that the player experience fulfills the vision of the game
• Drive the quality, planning, scripting, pacing, implementation, and polish of the system
• Provide input on milestone work assignments, estimates, and dependencies for related goals and tasks
• Ensure deliverables meet expectations for completeness, quality, balance, vision, and player emotion
• Ensure that relevant team members understand high-level goals for the system as well as low-level specifications, dependencies, and workflows
• Evangelize for the needs of the player. Work with user experience researchers to define goals for player testing and data gathering
• Drive an on-going competitive analysis to assess the quality and scope of the player experience against that of the competition
• May be tasked with other duties and responsibilities in support of the project design team

Qualifications:
• At least four years of professional industry experience with significant responsibilities in systems design. Proven track record with AAA console products
• Positive, professional attitude. Disciplined and self-motivated with a strong work ethic
• Ability to think creatively and analytically. An in-depth understanding of how gameplay works and how to create fun, meaningful experiences for the player
• Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to multitask and be flexible about changing role requirements
• Passion for games and ability to articulate that passion clearly and analytically. A broad knowledge base of console action and open world games.

Other Information:
Sample Work Required

Please provide samples of your design work (e.g. videos or instructions for viewing content in shipped retail products; downloadable and playable levels). Any supplemental materials demonstrating skills relevant to this position are also encouraged.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and sample work to jobs@dsvolition.com with “Senior System Designer” in the subject line.

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