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Join the award-winning team that created God of War

Santa Monica Studio is seeking a Sr Narrative Designer for the development of a new unannounced title!

If you love collaborating with talented developers to create genre-defining games, join us as we embark on a new journey. The ideal candidate not only has deep knowledge of writing complex narratives for games but is capable of executing the narrative within the game through the intended player experience. This individual will be responsible for designing and implementing narrative systems that support the project goals.


  • Work with the Lead Narrative Designer to ensure that the intended narrative vision is realized through designing quality and efficient narrative systems and integration of narrative scenes into the game

  • Utilize visual scripting systems, Maya, and in-house tools to author narrative content

  • Implement narrative sequences, mechanics and systems

  • Work closely with Design and cross-discipline partners to ensure the full realization of the narrative vision in the player experience

  • Contribute to the narrative design process in collaboration with the Lead Narrative Designer and stakeholders

  • Partner with Writing to champion the narrative experience. This may include pitching new ideas, quests, key narrative beats, and world lore

  • Collaborate with engineering to develop tools that support efficient and iterative development of narrative content

  • Support the tone, voice and deeper themes of the game based on the overall game direction

  • Maintain a studio environment and team culture that supports a quality focused experience


  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience in a professional narrative or design role including at least one shipped AAA game title

  • Deep experience with game editors, production tools, and engines

  • Experience owning a feature from concept through implementation

  • Knowledge of contemporary gameplay and narrative design, with an understanding of different narrative systems/delivery mechanisms

  • Skills and experience to quickly turn around feedback

  • Strong collaboration, communication, and organizational skills

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced team environment

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The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.

$101,800—$152,800 USD

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