Bungie is seeking a highly technical, creative, and team-oriented Lead Combat Designer who is excited to build our next great game.
Do you love the challenge of designing great gameplay? Are you excited to do the hard work of creating understanding across a large team to what you are trying to achieve, and take them along for the journey through development? Do you obsess over core game feel like camera FOV/shake changes, controller rumble values, and other behind the scenes tuning knobs? Are you a game designer looking to work on AAA games with talented and passionate people in a team environment? If so, we have the job for you! Bungie is looking for a passionate, creative and hard-working Lead Combat Designer for a new game!
You will work closely with the Design Team to craft a robust sandbox of gameplay systems, abilities, combat synergies and content. You will collaborate with team members from other disciplines to drive a holistic gameplay experience. You will contribute to the design processes to ensure your work is the very best it can possibly be. Additionally, you will also work closely with other Leads to prepare creative plans and evaluations for our partners and guide our partners toward meeting the experiential needs of the players and markets.
Define and drive the player sandbox design principles to create a whole new combat space
Help set the direction for extensible combat systems and player mastery
Work closely with the Leadership Team to achieve experience goals
Help build compelling second-to-second gameplay experiences
Collaboratively plan, design, and evaluate top notch abilities gameplay
Work with audio, effects, and animation developers to make in-game sandbox affordances clear to players
Previous experience as a Gameplay Designer on a AAA or large-scale mobile game
Experience designing, documenting, and building game feel systems with a focus on mechanics and philosophies that drive it
Intuitive understanding of how second-to-second action games work and why people play them
Excitement for collaboration with designers, artists, programmers, audio professionals, quality assurance and producers to achieve a common goal
Ability to creatively align with the team and then take initiative locally and externally
Social intelligence, great interpersonal skills, and empathy for creative teams
Ability to handle ambiguity, including giving and handling feedback despite that ambiguity
Experience in Animation; able to talk anticipation, follow through, character and timing
Experience designing, documenting, and building weapon systems, damage systems, abilities, or any other sandbox system on any scale
Portfolio demonstrating the drive to make great feeling action gameplay
Experience designing gameplay in both first-person and/or third-person perspectives
Listed below is this role's base pay range. In other locations that Bungie has approved for remote work, this pay range may be adjusted up to +/- 10% and some roles may be classified as non-exempt (hourly). This range is determined by an array of factors, including training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs, and market demands. Additionally, it is subject to change and may be modified in the future. In the journey to make incredible worlds, Bungie employees don't simply do meaningful work - they receive meaningful support. Competitive salaries and discretionary bonus opportunities are just the start. We offer comprehensive healthcare coverage, generous 401(k) matching, flexible time off policies, paid parental leave, social clubs, and so much more. Check out our benefits page: Benefits - Bungie Careers to see all the perks that come with joining Bungie.
Bellevue Pay Range
Bungie full-time (non-contract) employees in the U.S. also receive:
20 days of accrued time-off in the form of PTO and sabbatical days, depending on the level of the position
10 paid Floating Days annually, prorated in the first year of employment based on start date
10 paid Bungie-observed holidays annually
One hour of Paid Sick Time (PST) for every 30 hours worked
Contract and International FTE employees receive competitive benefits through their relevant contracting agency.
So you don't meet every requirement listed in this job description? Do you think your experience level is not where it needs to be? Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification. Bungie is focused on building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. If you're interested in this position but your past experience doesn't line up perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we want you to apply anyway. The right role for you may be right around the corner!
Most Bungie full-time employees will adopt a digital first approach allowing remote work in Bungie approved locations (outside of positions identified as 100% onsite in Bellevue/Seattle, or individuals preferring a hybrid/flex environment). Prospective full-time employees located outside of CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OR, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, or WI will need to establish residency in one of the states we are compliant in within 45 days of a start date. Contractors will follow a digital first approach adhering to the location guidelines agreed upon by our third-party employer/vendor and Bungie. Bungie’s remote policy is subject to change at the company’s discretion.