Principal Multiplayer Designer

Posted on Nov 16, 2018 by 2K

Novato, CA 94945
Leisure & Sport
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Who We Are: Hello! We're starting up a new team here at 2K to - surprise! - make a video game. We are a small, scrappy group with a ton of ambition AND the resources to see it realized. That's pretty rare these days. Think of us like a well-funded startup but without all the gross tech culture trappings. This is an opportunity to join an incredible project on the ground floor. We're also hard at work creating a supportive and inclusive culture. Here's what's important to us: Honesty. We do our best to tell it like it is. No information hoarding. No passive-aggressive manipulation. We care about keeping the lines of communication open and uncluttered. Diversity. Games are better when they are created by people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Accessibility matters to us - and this isn't just about mechanics. All players should be able to relate to the experience we're creating. And we can't be more accessible if we're not actively trying to increase representation on the team and in our game. Collaboration. So this is on every job posting ever and then the experience is totally the opposite. We're going to do our best to mean what we say. We're not sticking people into discipline silos. You'll probably be working in a pod - collaborating (see!) with people from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Opportunity. We believe that people good at what they do shouldn't be promoted out of their discipline. They should be recognized and rewarded for their talents, not prevented from doing what they excel at. As a result, we've instituted a Principal track. You can continue being amazing at what you do without feeling like you've hit a dead end or missed out. Your Well-Being. Work-life balance is important to us and assume it's important to you. We're going to do our best to avoid a lot of the traditional pitfalls that lead to crunch. We're not into negative reinforcement or creating a culture of fear. What We Need​: We are looking for a dedicated, passionate and personable Multiplayer Designer to join the team for an unannounced triple-A first-person action game. You'll be one of the standard-bearers for the creative vision of the project, and be involved in shaping the vision for moment to moment gameplay. You will also be responsible for creating absorbing multiplayer experiences that meaningfully reflect and reinforce the high level creative and design of the project. You are resourceful and imaginative in remixing existing design elements to create compelling multiplayer engagements as well as advocating for additional design elements to achieve same. It's a tremendous opportunity to not only help define the game experience, but contribute to the development of the team as a whole, all from the ground floor of a new project. What You Will Do: You care about being a member of a harmonious, yet critically minded and quality-driven team of game design experts. You're excited by new ideas, experimentation and in unlocking the creativity of the team. Who We Think Will Be a Great Fit: You have a passion for player-driven systems and simulation but also love a killer narrative and action spectacle. You love noodling on gameplay loops, from combat to player progression systems to AI behavior. You're inspired by games that value emergent experiences and that empower the player to experiment and innovate in a sandbox world. You'll have shipped at least one triple-A title with a multiplayer/co-op aspect as a senior or principal designer within the multiplayer team; have a sophisticated understanding of current trends in first-person action game multiplayer design, the ability to articulate a vision for the evolution of same, and, know what it takes to execute an idea from concept to ship. And of course, we're looking for someone who knows, loves, and plays games and cares deeply about pushing the medium forward If you see yourself in the description above, are inspired by the culture we are creating, and meet the criteria below, then we want to meet you! 5+ years experience in multiplayer design for PC or console games at a Senior level Extensive experience hands-on developing progression and engagement systems Strong understanding of technical design and game mechanics Excellent communication, organizational and mentoring skills

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