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Cliffhanger Games is a newly formed Seattle Studio focusing on blockbuster action-adventure games and pioneering next-generation emergent storytelling beginning with Marvel's Black Panther. Join us to pursue your passion to build unique groundbreaking, and inclusive games that empower players to create incredible stories of heroic adventure.

Become a foundational part of an ambitious, respectful, and diverse team as we are looking for a Technical Designer AI and Behavior to join our team. Reporting to the Design Manager, the Technical Designer AI and Behavior will play a crucial role in ensuring the seamless integration of allied and enemy characters and gameplay within our game. You will collaborate closely with the content, engineering, and design teams to create a dynamic and challenging sandbox for players.


  • Design and implement NPCs, enemies, and ambient characters to support gameplay mechanics, combat encounters, character interactions and dynamic world states.

  • Collaborate with gameplay designers and encounter designers to create diverse, compelling encounters and scenarios.

  • Help define and maintain tools, pipelines, and documentation to streamline the implementation and iteration process and communicate these tools and processes to other team members.

  • Iterate on AI and behavior systems based on peer feedback, player feedback and data analysis.

  • Collaborate with engineers to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues related to behavior systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Proficiency in designing and implementing AI systems in combat focused sandbox games, such as action adventures, RPGs or shooters.

  • Solid understanding of scripting and programming languages commonly used in game development.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team and provide clear guidance to designers, engineers, and artists.

  • Up to date with the latest trends and advancements in AI and behavior design and identify opportunities to innovate and improve our games.

We encourage you to apply, even if you don't match every qualification listed above. Let us know why this role appeals to you, why you will be great, what unique perspectives you will bring, and which requirements will challenge you to grow.


The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these states. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location. EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.


  • California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento): º $95,450 - $141,800

  • New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo): º $89,200 - $141,800

  • Jersey City, NJ: º $105,250 - $141,800

  • Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs): º $89,200 - $118,550

  • Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane): º $89,200 - $130,750

Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

About Electronic Arts

Everything we do is designed to inspire the world to play. Through our cutting-edge games, innovative services, and powerful technologies, we bring worlds with infinite possibilities to millions of players and fans around the globe.

We’re looking for collaborative and inclusive people with diverse perspectives who will enrich our culture and challenge us. We take a holistic approach with our benefits program, focusing on physical, emotional, financial, career, and community wellness to support our people through every chapter of life. We provide comprehensive benefit packages and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free games and so much more. Our goal is to provide a safe and respectful workplace that empowers you to thrive in both work and life.

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will also consider employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.