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Amazon Game Studios

Narrative Designer - The Lord of the Rings

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Amazon Game Studios
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Irvine, CA


Amazon Game Studios is seeking a Narrative Designer to join our team in sunny Irvine, CA. This designer will work with our Design Director to tell gripping tales of Middle-earth, its history, and its peoples, building world settings, lore, in-game stories, and cinematics for Amazonโ€™s upcoming massively multiplayer The Lord of the Rings game.

We aspire to tell all-new stories inside a beloved, highly-detailed IP. A successful candidate will have deep familiarity with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as a career history of creating memorable characters and story arcs in video games.


  • Write backstory documents describing the worldโ€™s places and inhabitants both old and new, all consistent with Tolkienโ€™s work.
  • Write compelling character biographies, story arcs, and dialog.
  • Write location, character, and item descriptions that add texture and depth to the world.
  • Write economical voice-over scripts and catchphrases that capture the essence of characters and hold up to repetition.
  • Collaborate with designers and artists to build locations, cutscenes, quests, and in-game dialog that tell coherent, emotionally powerful stories.
  • Thrive on early development ambiguity and definitively establish best practices and pipeline for narrative design.
  • Work with the Marketing and Community teams to deliver high quality copy for the web and print.
  • Work with all departments on the scheduling and integration of the narrative design, as well as associated game feature development, goals, and execution.
  • Champion the gameโ€™s story across our studio, ensuring consistency with and respect for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, Fine Arts, or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • 3+ years of professional experience as a Narrative Designer, Writer, or related occupation.
  • 1+ years of feature development for a โ€œliveโ€ game or game service.
  • A portfolio that demonstrates process and capabilities in crafting compelling game narratives, which includes published work.


  • Deep familiarity with the works of J.R.R Tolkien and his estate.
  • Experience creating stories for character-driven games such as party-based RPGs or hero collectors.
  • Able to accept and provide constructive criticism and maintain a professional attitude.
  • Independently self-motivated team player with excellent communication skills.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazonโ€™s leadership principles requirements for this role.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazonโ€™s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.
  • Experience with casting voice over talent and directing voice over sessions.
  • Passionate gamer with in-depth knowledge of current commercial game titles.
  • Has been a key contributor from prototype to polish.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazonโ€™s leadership principles requirements for this role.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazonโ€™s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit our disability page.