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Naughty Dog

Game Designer

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Naughty Dog
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Santa Monica, CA


Do you love creating unique and deep gameplay systems? Are you fascinated with the nuances of weapon design, AI, and player tools & abilities? Weโ€™re looking for a passionate designer to join our team and be a contributor to the design of our next game.


  • Design, implement, and balance gameplay systems such as player abilities and weapons
  • Design and implement combat encounter objectives and dynamic events
  • Prototype your ideas using our in-house scripting language and other tools
  • Act as producer for your work, collaborating across disciplines to get work done and clear dependencies, ensuring deadlines are met, and championing aspects of the gameplay
  • Work directly with artists, programmers, animators and other game designers to contribute to the vision of the game
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Requirements & Skills:

  • Strong scripting ability (Computer Science undergraduate degree or games scripting preferred)
  • Strong methodology and problem solving ability and with a focus on creative, fun and innovative solutions
  • Strong and effective communication skills and organizational ability
  • Exceptional team player with the ability to collaborate without losing sight of the gameplay vision
  • Willingness to take design direction when offered
  • Experience playing 3rd person console games and multiplayer console games

Bonus Skills:

  • 3D layout experience (single player or multiplayer)
  • Good working knowledge of Maya, 3DS Max or similar 3D package
  • Experience developing third-person action games
  • UI design experience

As part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates should expect to be given a technical interview and may be asked to complete a design test.