Gameplay Software Engineer
We’re Criterion, and we love making games!
For more than fifteen years we’ve entertained millions of players around the world with our award-winning games. Our accomplished people have expressed their passion for outstanding game feel, AAA audiovisual quality and technical innovation in the Burnout and Need for Speed series and and more recently in Battlefield 1, Star Wars X-Wing VR, Starfighter Assault and Arcade for Star Wars Battlefront II and Firestorm for Battlefield V.
We believe that healthy, engaged teams make great games, so we place enormous value on collaboration, fresh ideas, and unique perspectives. We’d love to hear yours! Crunch doesn’t help make a better game. We don’t do it. For the past three years we are very proud to have been recognised by gamesindustry.biz as one of the best places to work in the UK. Let’s talk about how you could be a part of it.
The Challenge Ahead:
Criterion Games demands a world class team of developers and is currently looking for a Software Engineer to join with our gameplay team. We’re looking for someone who can contribute to the design process and help turn the output into reality in the fast-paced world of Need For Speed.
What a Gameplay Software Engineer does at Criterion:
The successful engineer will primarily work alongside Criterion’s design and engineering teams in a structured, iterative process - taking a hands-on role in creating, developing and implementing technologies all about visceral, player-first fun. This will include both second-to-second mechanics such as the crashing and battling of vehicles, and also the minute-to-minute of systems like progression. You will be responsible for developing systems and models that deliver an awesome gaming experience with technology used by other leading EA titles such as Battlefield and Need For Speed.
- Work as part of our engineering team, you’ll develop and specialise your programming skills, learning to turn ideas into implementations that ship in game
- Empower designers to be able to iterate their ideas in software
- Collaborate daily with other engineers and departments to deliver amazing features
- Implement, test and maintain reliable and efficient code.
- To be comfortable in C++ programming with a desire to enhance your skills.
- Experience with object-oriented design principles.
- A passion for bringing new ideas to the studio and engagement to become a better software engineer today to bring high-quality entertainment for our future titles.
- To care about collaboration and working as part of a team.
- To want to participate in the early creative process rather than be handed a document to implement, helping to establish the problems as well as coming up with solutions.
- To be comfortable with uncertainty, relishing in working within the “unknown problem, unknown solution” and “known problem, unknown solution” spaces.
- To be able to move fast and expect change - not attempting to craft the perfect solution on the first attempt but rather try something out in software now then iterate.
- To proactively seek regular review so course correcting is quick and collaborative.
Bonus points for:
- Enjoying prototyping as well as production
- Having a broad skillset - do you have experience in UI, physics, etc.
What’s in it for you? Glad you asked!
- Great compensation package plus annual bonus scheme, pension scheme and stock plans
- Private medical insurance and dental care, life insurance and free onsite gym
- Employee discounts and rail season ticket loans
- Annual game points and digital download allowance
- 25 days holiday (including 3 days company shutdown days between Christmas & New Year)
- Two annual staff parties (Summer and Christmas)
- Onsite café, casual dress code and games areas
Take your career to the next level – apply today!
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