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Firewalk Studios

Senior Combat Designer (PVE)

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Firewalk Studios
🇺🇸 Bellevue, WA

At Firewalk Studios, our mission is to spark incredible multiplayer experiences that inspire memorable moments. We’re building a world-class, next-generation game studio where people come first. For us, setting a high-quality bar, creating something extraordinary, and treating each other with trust and respect go hand-in-hand. Creating new worlds that ignite imagination and connection takes a collaborative team of amazing creators. Join us to deliver awesome gaming entertainment, rooted in strong gameplay and inspiring art, that captures the joy of playing together. We are currently working on an unannounced, original multiplayer game that is being published by our partners at Sony Interactive Entertainment and we are actively looking to add passionate, visionary creators who thrive in environments where the “status quo” just won’t do and who genuinely want to be part of a collaborative, inclusive, and respectful team. Firewalk Studios is proud to be part of the ProbablyMonsters family of studios.

THE ROLE

Our studio is looking for an accomplished, mechanically focused Senior Combat Designer who has experience designing, creating, and tuning exciting, challenging PVE combat, along with the AI that drives that combat. As our Senior Combat Designer, you will collaborate with the PVE lead and the design team to develop, hold, and drive a vision for our PVE combat design and AI combatants over the course of development.

WHO YOU ARE

  • Collaborative, low-ego, self-motivated developer.
  • Independent thinker who is curious about feedback but confident enough to decide whether it's actionable.
  • Cares deeply about AI behavior and how it relates to the core player mechanics.
  • Able to clearly communicate how PVE combat and AI can be used to drive player mastery of core mechanics.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and communicate with the whole team, particularly designers, engineers, and animators, even in a remote work environment.
  • Able to drive playtesting; collect & synthesize feedback; and own your iterations.
  • Capable of creating and updating documentation to explore design thoughts, pitch ideas, achieve alignment, and facilitate asynchronous team communication.
  • Able to understand, align, and adapt with high-level project design goals and IP fantasy.

You show empathy and respect for your fellow team members.

WHAT YOUR DAY MIGHT LOOK LIKE

You'll collaborate with the team to make sure our PVE combat and AI combatants help drive player mastery; emphasize core game mechanics and principles; and are fun to fight against, either solo or cooperatively.

You'll be heavily involved of our development efforts to develop AI combatants from the ground up, based on first principles, in order to fulfill clear design goals that you have helped to define and evolve.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated in-engine experience designing & executing engaging, dynamic, challenging PVE combat scenarios.
  • Experience designing, developing, and tuning AI behavior.
  • Intimate understanding of FPS combat principles & ability to clearly communicate them.

BONUS QUALIFICATIONS

  • Design experience on an FPS with PVE combat.
  • Demonstrated, shippable-quality experience using Unreal Engine and Blueprint visual scripting.
  • Strong demonstrated system design experience.
  • Expertise in FPS games as a player.

About ProbablyMonsters™

Established in 2016, ProbablyMonsters is a next-generation independent game company that creates long-lasting studios and exceptional games. Revolutionizing the way AAA game studios are built, ProbablyMonsters provides its teams the resources and creative environment needed to foster stable, rewarding, and life-long careers while delivering best-in-class entertainment through a positive people-first culture.

We have built three studios so far. Each of them has a unique identity built around the type of gamer experience they are creating. Knit together inside the ProbablyMonsters family culture, all studios are bonded by the core values of respect, trust, accountability, and approachability.

Connected by the company’s mission to unite, guide, and empower developers to create exceptional entertainment experiences, developers at Firewalk are given the confidence, security, and stability to create and ship their games free of distractions.