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.
As a Lead World Builder, you will take ownership in the creation of our world. In this role, you will use art principles to inform level design and vice versa. Armed with the vision of the Associate Director, Level Design, you will put your own personal stamp on your domain and create truly engaging and fantastical environments that will keep players coming back to explore. Your thorough understanding of world-building, artistic composition, and boundless creativity is integral to supporting the player's experience and telling the visual stories of our unique world.
This role is a hybrid work position, with some work on-site (usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and some work-from-home (Monday/Friday).
People manager, able to give constructive feedback and managing conflict.
Partner and share workloads across teams.
Lead and Mentor – Develop strong and clear paths for the worldbuilding team while evaluating and providing meaningful feedback.
Be a strong contributor in creating amazing spaces to play in and explore.
Build interior and exterior PvP / PvE points of interest from inception all the way through to production under the guidance of the Associate Director Level Designer and the creative pillars of the game.
Lead a team of designers to build gameplay heavy moments such as combat encounters, narrative events, and logic puzzles.
Author, review and maintain design documentation.
Drive the day-to-day execution of World Design from concept to final product.
Playtest and iterate on level content to ensure the highest quality.
Uphold and grow high quality standards for design, art and game performance.
Partner with the Associate Director to scope, plan and organize multiple projects.
Build and maintain collaborative relationships with all collaborators to ensure a best-in-industry production process, player experience and team environment.
Work closely with the design team to ensure traversal metrics, budgets, world streaming and visual targets are met.
Be able to surface issues with tools / pipelines to the Associate Director that impact the team and our overall ability to deliver on a schedule.
Partnering with art and content design to define and create both beautiful and playable locations that effectively complement Blizzard's world-class handcrafted level design.
10+ years of experience in game development, shipping multiple titles including AAA Game titles.
2+ years working in a Leadership Position.
Proven experience working with 3D modelling packages such as Maya.
Proficient in using game editing software such as Unreal, Unity, Frostbite, etc..
Additional Skills that you bring:
Be able to craft spaces that would thrive in an open world setting.
Demonstrated mastery of level design processes including, but not limited to, level flow, engagement design, pacing, storytelling, PVP, etc.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Embracing Blizzard's core value of "Every voice matters," creating a safe space for collaboration, communication, and creativity across all subject areas and departments.
Enjoy playing a variety of video game genres and titles.
A love for survival-based games and shooters in general a plus.
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! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.
We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.
At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from dedicated people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.
The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.
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 $97,200.00 - $179,900.00 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.