Located in thriving Austin, Texas, Airship Syndicate was founded by four industry vets formerly of Vigil Games - the house that Darksiders built. Led by visionary comic artist Joe Madureira, we work with a wide group of talented contributors located both in our studio and around the world. Our projects include Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Darksiders Genesis, and the upcoming Ruined King: A League of Legends Story.

Our goal is simple: build a lean, fun, independent game studio to create top-quality games for a variety of gaming platforms.

Do you love action combat? Do you have experience both designing and implementing cool, creative baddies and/or bosses? Do you love jamming on ideas with motivated teammates? If yes, read on.

We’re looking for an experienced combat designer to both design and implement enemies in Unreal.


  • Work with design leadership to design and implement compelling enemies, combat interactions, and encounters, including creature design, scripting, and encounter placement

  • Implement all intended gameplay utilizing scripting tools in Unreal, from concept to completion

  • Craft a well-paced and balanced experience, utilizing all aspects of the player package

  • Clearly document and communicate all work and ideas

  • Work with the design team to implement and maintain combat encounters

  • Work with design leadership to iterate on and polish the experience

  • Provide reasonable time estimates, and communicate when adjustments are needed


  • Eagerness to iterate, iterate, and iterate on ideas

  • Experience on multiple shipped commercial projects in a related role

  • A strong understanding of technical Unreal and/or implementation techniques, primarily visual scripting (Blueprint or similar)

  • Strong attention to detail

  • A passion for both design and technical implementation

  • A thorough understanding of typical design pipelines

  • Able to effectively collaborate and share feedback with other departments

  • Motivated and self-driven; complete tasks without major supervision

  • Creative problem solving


  • Familiarity with animation and state machines

  • Credits on a shipped AAA action title

  • Understanding of C++ or scripting languages

Our Benefits:

  • Healthcare that includes: complete medical, dental, and vision plans that cover you and your dependents.

  • Life insurance plus short and long-term disability.

  • Generous matching retirement contributions so you can live the good life after you retire.

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Open Paid Time Off

  • Profit-Sharing

  • Relocation packages

Perks Upon Perks:

  • A world-beating, custom-made board gaming table

  • Payday Friday Off

  • Flex Days, where working from home is optionally allowed

  • Office movie lunches at Alamo Draft House (when we're not in a pandemic)

  • Access to your favorite snacks and beverages

  • MAME cabinet

  • GrubHub Account w/ meal credits

How We Work

Autonomy through collaboration:

We remove as many barriers as possible between you and productivity. We’ll ask you to be self-reliant and self-motivated, with the expectation that you talk frequently with your lead and teammates to keep everyone aligned.

Focused project management:

We don’t manage just to manage. We’re building a system and process that is helpful, but not intrusive. If someone is asking you for a status update, it’s probably because they are working with you on the thing they are asking about, or are planning to use it.

Small team environment:

Size is relative (especially in today’s dev world), but we’re all about direct interaction with teammates, experimenting with ideas, and less bureaucracy.

Our Values

High Performance:

Average will never be our target. We work hard to put the special sauce in each game we create, and this forms the core of our identity. It also pushes us to evolve. As we strive to be better together, we grow together.

Mutual Respect:

We respect the time and extraordinary efforts of our employees by offering generous PTO, profit-sharing, WFH days (even pre-pandemic), and an understanding of personal circumstances. Making great games often takes a lot; we aim to give a lot in return, by committing to share our success with our team.


Making something “fun” is inherently subjective, and can’t come without disagreement. We value being open, honest, and approachable. Respect breeds communication and good communication means good games. If you aren’t approachable, in good times and bad, Airship isn’t for you.

Help Us Build It

We are still trying to achieve our goals, and probably always will be. We’re looking for thoughtful, creative folks to help us move the goalpost.