A new world and a new journey await you. It is a world different from any other Blizzard has created.

If you’re a passionate game developer, and, well, a good human being, then we’d love to talk to you. We have a new AAA survival game in the works, set in a new IP for PC/Console. It’s going to be amazing, and we’d love to bring you along for the ride. Together, we’ll build something big, bold, and beautiful.

We are seeking a Lead Engineer, Gameplay AI Creature. You are either someone who already has experience as a Lead and Manager or someone who is interested in growing into this position. You will be leading a small team with a focus on creating the many, varied inhabitants of our world, and you will report to our Lead AI programmer. You need to understand how to create compelling creatures, present players with exciting challenges, and bring our world to life. You will be collaborating with our dedicated designers and animators to make their visions come alive. You will also be helping to plan and lead our development and most importantly helping our engineers grow and achieve their best!

We believe our team is good. Really good. Granted, we’re obviously biased. But we also believe there are lots of developers out there who can make us even better. You could be one of those people. If you’re looking for a team where inclusion, thoughtfulness, empathy, professionalism, and collaboration are all seen as critically important, we believe our team could be a phenomenal fit for you. Join us and help craft our future!

Location flexible

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Albany, NY, or Irvine, CA.

We need help with

  • Being a people leader and manager on our team.

  • Plan and track our development process.

  • Help us create a wide range of creatures and build a compelling, complex, and challenging world.

  • Collaboration closely with our designers to bring our shared vision for this new world to life.

  • Building on your experience to build all kinds of behaviors and abilities that are robustly engineered and can efficiently run in a sophisticated real-time environment.

  • Collaborating with content creators and other gameplay teams to learn to help our team build the best game possible.

  • Championing Blizzard’s core values.

What you are good at

  • 8+ years of experience, or equivalent education/work experience

  • Experience crafting AI behaviors for a AAA game.

  • An interest in leadership (no prior experience required).

  • Strong C++ skills

  • Communicating ideas clearly, learning from others, and giving meaningful feedback

  • Math, with proficiency in linear algebra, trigonometry, and 3D vector manipulation

  • Experience in collaborating with content creators (designers & artists).

  • Actively and enthusiastically seeking out help, advice, and reviews

Extra awesome points for

  • Shipped AAA game titles or equivalent product development experience

  • Familiarity with visual scripting languages (such as UE Blueprint)

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work/life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunities for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences ever. Join us!


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $101,000.00 - $186,754.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.