Cold Iron is seeking a Senior Combat Designer to join our world class team on our next AAA title for consoles and PC! This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country. Are you passionate about innovating and working on large-scale game systems? Do you revel in creating combat experiences that are both challenging and gratifying?

Here’s the most important one: Do you do it all for the game? Because you know that your talents are needed to make sure that even the best development teams get an awesome experience out the door?

Awesome. Come join our creative, collaborative studio and get involved creating systems and combat with a tight, integrated team of game developers.

Your Day to Day

You can expect to be responsible and accountable for the following:

  • Working with the project leads and other designers to develop gameplay systems that work within the overall vision of the product

  • Brainstorming, documenting, and implementation of combat and other gameplay systems

  • Working closely and effectively with others in cross-discipline teams during implementation and iteration

  • Creating long-term RPG advancement gameplay systems

  • Gathering playtest data, both quantitative and qualitative, and aid in coming up with solutions to make the gameplay and systems as fun as possible

  • Qualitatively and quantitatively study and learn from combat systems in action, shooter, or MMORPG games

Your Career Progression

Do the best work of your career! No, really, that’s what we expect of you. Come aboard and work with industry veterans all working to improve their craft and become better game developers. Your portfolio of experience will grow, and the size of the audience you reach will expand exponentially. The small team atmosphere allows you to contribute more and have greater ownership over what you do day to day.


  • Experience working on combat related systems in games, focusing on gameplay feel, class or role balance, and NPC design

  • Experience working on large and complex gameplay systems including RPG economies, crafting systems, or loot driven systems with large number of assets

  • Math and analytical skills with a proficiency in Excel

  • Sense of level design, scale, and gameplay flow

  • Enjoys playing and creating games

  • Self-driven with strong communication skills

  • Ability to tackle challenges and problem solve with a strong sense of ownership

  • Ability to work closely with many other disciplines and be a team player

Would Love to See

  • 3+ years of industry experience in a systems or combat design role

  • Experience with multiplayer games and/or shooters

  • Experience with Unreal Engine


  • No requirement


  • This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country.

Salary Range

  • $110,000 - $130,000

About our Location

Cold Iron is a team of passionate game developers located in San Jose, California. We’re a diverse group of veterans with decades of experience developing and launching award-winning shooter, MMO, and action titles on PC and console. We launched Aliens: Fireteam Elite in August 2021 to critical acclaim and to a very devoted fan base.

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 Cold Iron, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Exceptional employee benefits, Remote work; 18 days PTO first year in addition to 11 paid holidays plus company-wide shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Day; Robust Medical, Dental, Vision insurance coverage for entire family; Company matched 401k vested immediately; Flex Spending Accounts, annual stipend to help cover work from home expenses, ultra-creative environment.