Cryptic Studios is seeking a skilled Systems Designer to work on our upcoming projects!

You'll be deeply involved in developing core action RPG gameplay, layered meta progression, as well as session design. You could be designing player actions, attacks, enemies, bosses or the broader player game loop in the form of itemization and progression.

We have fully embraced a flexible work policy that allows options for onsite work in our Los Gatos, CA studio or fully remotely from anywhere throughout the US. Come and join us!


  • Designing, balancing, and improving player combat mechanics and gameplay interactions
  • Brainstorming alongside other members of the team to create compelling gameplay features and systems that enhance and build upon the core player experience
  • Devising interesting new itemization while maintaining and balancing it against existing databases


  • Ability to design and balance combat-focused mechanics in RPGs, rogue-lites or other session-based games
  • Knowledge of how to design, implement, and evolve RPG player mechanics
  • Ability to simulate and model complex mechanics and systems in spreadsheet software or relevant scripting language.
  • Natural sense for what gets players excited about both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards
  • Skill using at least one data toolset or database, and the ability to learn new data and systems tools quickly
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Team-player with a strong desire to make a positive impact on our work culture


  • 2+ years of experience working in the gaming industry
  • Prior shipped systems in action RPGs or run-based gameplay games like roguelikes
  • Experience designing high fidelity combat, itemization, gameplay builds, or meta systems
  • Familiarity with one or more scripting languages and/or visual scripting tools such as, Unreal Blueprints
  • Design Degree, College Degree, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with the Unreal Engine


  • Remote Work Options - Anywhere Within The US
  • A fun tight-knit team where your contributions will have a major impact
  • Full-Time role
  • Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off
  • Health Insurance & Perks: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Company social events
  • Pet-Friendly Environment

Cryptic Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, marital status, age, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under California Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, genetic information, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), sexual orientation, or any other protected class, characteristic, or consideration made unlawful under applicable federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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