Amazon Game Studios is seeking an exceptionally skilled and enthusiastic Senior Combat Designer to join our team in sunny San Diego, CA. This designer will work with our Creative Director to design the captivating Combat and content that drive exciting and dynamic game play for an unannounced massively multiplayer game.

You have a proven track record designing and balancing combat, player controls, and AI for AAA third-person action games. You have deep technical knowledge of game design theory and tools pipelines. You possess strong communication skills and production sensibilities. You have the talent to produce and implement the highest quality work. You want to take risks, to invent, and are driven to make the best games in the industry. You should be able to work independently and be comfortable with taking direction and critique on your designs. You’ll be sharing your hard-earned knowledge while working within a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team of designers, artists, and programmers as you continue to develop your skill set by learning from your teammates.


  • Work closely with the Creative Director and leads to develop a fast, fun, and visceral combat system.
  • Work directly with animators to perfect low-level mechanics tuning and timing.
  • Collaborate closely with art, animation, programming, FX, and sound team members to achieve a top-of-class combat experience.
  • Work with all departments on the scheduling and integration of the Game Design, as well as game feature development goals and execution.
  • Collaborate with Creative Director and fellow designers on meta-game systems and AI.
  • Generate documentation to clearly communicate ideas and goals.
  • Prototype, implement, and balance system variables to create an entertaining gameplay experience for a diverse array of play styles.
  • Work with all departments on the scheduling and integration of systems designs, as well as feature development goals and execution.
  • Develop data-gathering methods for game balancing and tuning through focus testing, then implement changes based on the data.
  • Work closely with QA to ensure quality throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Provide an example of professionalism and excellence to the rest of the team.

Inclusive Culture, Work/Life Balance, & Career Growth

We embrace our differences and are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We offer ten employee-led affinity groups with 190 global chapters, innovative benefits, and annual and ongoing learning experiences (including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences). Our team also puts a high value on work-life balance and offers flexible working hours. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. Additionally, our team is dedicated to supporting you with mentorship and pathways for ongoing development. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and are building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and promotes career choice.


  • 5+ years of game design experience in a relevant role.
  • Shipped 1+ AAA titles as a combat designer.
  • Very comfortable working in game editors and understanding engine/game constraints and opportunities.
  • Strong methodology and problem-solving ability, with focus on creative and fun gameplay.
  • Deep understanding of the AAA 3rd person, action game landscape.


  • Proven experience in a professional game production pipeline.
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4 in AAA game production including knowledge and experience using Blueprints.
  • Experience designing for multiplayer games.
  • Experience designing and tuning the 3Cs of Character, Camera, and Control.
  • Experience designing character abilities and Enemy AI for RPGs.
  • Must have the ability to take constructive criticism and maintain a professional attitude.
  • Independently self-motivated team player with excellent communication skills.
  • Experience creating, tuning, and balancing game play with a holistic "get your hands dirty" approach.
  • Passionate gamer with in-depth knowledge of current commercial game titles.
  • Has been a key contributor from prototype to polish.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.

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