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Principal Level Designer

Remote | WALTHAM, Massachusetts
Permanent | Job ID #70489 | $135,000 - $155,000 yearly | Posted 2 months ago

Onward Play needs a full-time, direct hire Principal Level Designer for a quickly growing game studio working on one of the most exciting fantasy IPs going into 2023.

You’ll join the Art team to create levels that employ both hand-crafted and procedural elements, ensuring consistency across both. As a Principal Designer, you will own and drive a large part of the game experience, be it a level or a feature, and set the quality bar for your discipline.

To learn more about this Principal Level Designer opportunity, apply now and chat with a recruiter today!

As a Principal Level Designer you’ll:

  • Oversee the creation of hand-crafted environments for exploration, combat and storytelling across the game
  • Craft unique spaces where gameplay flow and visual composition form memorable experiences
  • Create level chunks to be recombined and arranged by a procedural system
  • Coordinate across disciplines with engineers, artists, sound designers, and production in managing the prioritization, implementation, and scope of the game’s environments
  • Provide feedback and guidance on procedurally-generated environments
  • Deliver expert technical advice, direction and implementation to enhance level performance and playability
  • Proactively suggesting improvements to gameplay systems and principles
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to other members of the level design team

Skills & Experience Needed:

  • Minimum 7 years game industry Level Design experience
  • Excellent understanding of level design fundamentals and the role of level design in the overall player experience
  • Ability to take ownership of areas of level production, from start to finish
  • Ability to create map layouts on all stages – from simple drawings to fully functional levels
  • Ability to use all elements of the game world, including level geometry, texturing, lighting, sound and VFX to craft unique player experiences
  • Extensive knowledge of current game titles, as well as movies and other visual arts, to use as reference for crafting and communicating original ideas
  • Experience with scripting systems, either visual (such as Blueprint) or text-based (such as Python, Lua, or C#)
  • The ability to communicate fluently with engineering, art, narrative and production
  • Candidates must have a US work permit or citizenship
  • Curiosity, kindness, and a positive and professional can-do attitude

To learn more about this Principal Level Designer opportunity, apply now and chat with a recruiter today!

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.

Pay: $135,000 - $155,000 yearly


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