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Company Name:
Crystal Dynamics
Location:
Redwood City, California
Country:
United States
Job Type:
Game Design
Position type:
Full Time
Platform
PC / Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
1
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Education:
High School or equivalent

Level Designer

Crystal Dynamics is seeking one outstanding AAA industry experienced Mid-level Level Designer who have a passion for creating high quality AAA games and have strength and experience in level layout, scripting and exotic gameplay moments. The ideal Level Designer will be able to craft engaging and unique environments and be able to conceive, implement and tweak all aspects of a linear experience that tells a fun story with a rewarding challenge. This Level Designer should be able to generate gameplay assets in a 3D software package, script in proprietary visual-based scripting language, demonstrate proper level flow and have an excellent comprehension of what makes linear gameplay moments fun, challenging and immersive. This candidate must have hands-on experience working in a professional game development studio; we are not accepting entry level candidates for this position at this time. 
 
Essential Duties:

  • Implement level designs within a proprietary authoring environment from concept phase to a high level of polish for a 90+ rated action adventure game
  • Generate game documentation and design levels from concept to finished product, including 2D paper design all the way through play test iteration and ship
  • Layout 3D spaces in a proprietary editor, working closely with other team disciplines and designers to make sure gameplay, narrative elements and visual fidelity are appropriate
  • Create levels with appropriate intensity given minimal direction from leads that are fun, impactful and thematically correct
  • Design, tune and integrate specialized gameplay moments within the larger game scope by partnering with Engineering and Animation to deliver high impact gaming moments
  • Effectively script exciting and unique moments within a level using clean, robust scripting practices; use script to control level flow and game events
  • Strong artistic eye for what makes a space both visually pleasing and easily navigable by a player

Essential Requirements, Competencies, Skills & Knowledge:

  • 3+ years of professional AAA Level Design experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a game development program or similar
  • Must have experience shipping a full-length console product, AAA/high profile game development experience a plus
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with 3D Modeling Software (preferably Maya)
  • Working knowledge of development tools for both visual and text-based scripting languages.
  • Good working knowledge of game design theory and game development methodologies
  • A deep passion and enthusiasm for making and playing action/adventure games, and a good understanding of the competitive landscape in the console world within the 3rd person action adventure genre

Bonus Requirements

  • Experience in designing and setting up combat encounters
  • Systems design experience that affects Character and Controls for 3rd person action adventure games
  • RPG Systems design for console action adventure games
  • Experience with Unreal and Kismet scripting language