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Company Name:
Vicarious Visions / Activision
Location:
Albany, New York
Country:
United States
Job Type:
Game Design
Position type:
Full Time
Platform
PC / Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Education:
High School or equivalent

Sr. Technical Designer - Combat - Destiny

Vicarious Visions is looking for a talented Combat Designer to create cutting edge experiences for Destiny. If you're interested in jumping in and working with some of the most talented developers in the industry, apply today!

 
Your Guardian will be Responsible for:

You will be part of a team of designers building compelling bosses, enemies, and encounters. You will:

  • Work alongside other Designers, Animators, Concept artists, and Engineers to create enemies that layer upon, improve, and when appropriate re-invent the bad guy line up.
  • Work with the Combatant Lead and Design Lead on designing new enemies, enemy abilities and mission, strike, and raid bosses
  • Collaborate with Level designers to create and balance enjoyable boss encounters, AI encounters, and Raids using established metrics.
  • Use your technical background for problem solving, systems creation and scripting unique scenarios
  • Make flexible, C-style scripting to realize designs
  • Drive your vision throughout each stage of development across multiple departments
  • Demonstrate proven design sense and leadership skills 
 

The skills we’re looking for in order to level up your Guardian:

  • Previous experience working on AI, boss design, encounters and/or multiplayer combat situations.
  • Solid combat fundamentals.
  • Intuitive understanding of how action games work and why people play them. 
  • Good understanding of game engines, technology and the game development process. 
  • Familiarity with 3D level design tools (UnrealEd, Kismet, Maya, Max, or similar 3D editor)
  • Passion for collaboration with Designers, Artists, Programmers, Musicians, Testers and Producers to achieve a common goal. 
  • Excellent organization, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Programming/scripting experience in C/C++, LUA, or other languages.
  • Comfortable directing input with other disciplines such as art, animation, audio and narrative
  • Has the strong ability to pitch ideas, strategic initiatives, and game concepts to all levels of management and leadership.
  • Ability to prioritize and communicate feature requests to developers and engineers based on design goals. 
  • Drive your vision throughout each stage of development across multiple departments
  • Demonstrate proven design sense and leadership skills
  • 8+ years of experience in video games
 

In 2016, Vicarious Visions celebrated its 25th year in the industry. Over the years, we have made hundreds of games, in every genre, on every conceivable game platform in the known universe.We are a studio that is built to last, and now we are embarking on a brand new chapter.


We are currently partnering with Bungie to further expand the award winning Destiny universe.


Our philosophy of combining cutting-edge tech with creative innovation is evidenced in all of our products – from Skylanders to Crash Bandicoot, and including our recent contributions to 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.  We apply the same dedication to excellence to every video game franchise we’ve worked on over the years and we are bringing that same philosophy to the Destiny franchise.


We thrive on a culture of collaboration, respect and fun. We have built a welcoming and relaxed workplace that invites creativity and encourages individual voices. We not only give our developers a safe and warm place to incubate and grow their ideas but the tools and support necessary to turn those ideas into impactful and memorable experiences.

 

Our studio is located in Albany, NY, a thriving northeastern city with an abundance of professional theatre, music, dance, and sports attractions, as well as a backyard full of recreational activities. (That’s a metaphorical backyard. The studio’s backyard has a patio and grill though…with seasonal awning.) And for those looking for more adventures, we’re located less than three hours from NYC, Boston, and Montreal!

 
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