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The role

Sharkmob are growing rapidly and recruiting for their new London studio, looking for exceptional people to join the design team. You will be responsible for building a compelling combat vision with the Game Director, then, working closely with every discipline, bring that combat vision to life in the game. You are someone who excels in player combat and enemy design, capable of tuning all areas of combat to deliver great feel and depth for our players, for years to come. You will regularly communicate the progress and intent of combat to the wider team and will promote an open and collaborative development process for all things combat related. This role will report directly to the Design Director.

The Team

The Design Team is a multi-disciplinary group focused on the delivery of compelling player experiences through ideation, iteration, and implementation. The team is passionate about finding creative solutions to design challenges and responsible for filtering the game vision into individual features, levels, combat, quests and encounters. Collaborating closely with all other disciplines, the design team supports features throughout the full development lifecycle to ensure high-quality experiences are delivered on schedule.


  • Define and maintain a vision for Action RPG combat that results in a world class player experience

  • Take ownership of the prototyping and in-build delivery of combat systems, across all disciplines

  • Hands-on work with Unreal Engine to design, implement and fine-tune the moment-to-moment combat experience

  • Regularly communicate and evangelise combat vision, goals and progress, to the wider team

  • Work with production and project leadership to manage the scope of combat for the game

  • Implement and maintain a healthy playtesting process to validate creative and design intent for combat systems, throughout the project’s lifecycle


  • An experienced combat designer who has shipped at least one title in a senior combat design role

  • A passionate gamer with a love for combat-focussed games

  • An individual with excellent rapid prototyping skills

  • You have demonstrable experience delivering features that rely on timing and feel

  • You understand combat systems in games across our industry

  • You are familiar with the constraints of implementing combat in an online game

Sharkmob London is a brand-new AAA studio in the heart of London, with aspirations to build one of the largest and most creatively ambitious development teams in the world. Just like the original Sharkmob studio in Malmö, Sharkmob London was founded by a team of industry veterans. As a part of Tencent Games we have the experience, backing, and ambition to build the games of the future!

At Sharkmob, we are committed to building an inclusive team that represents diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skillsets – because we believe that helps us create great games. We welcome all candidates that are aligned with our core values of shared ownership, smart decisions and last but not least – having fun!

Remuneration and benefits

  • Competitive salaries based on up-to-date data from external benchmarking providers & reviewed annually.

  • 30 days annual leave, in addition to all UK Bank Holidays.

  • Hybrid work-from-home policy.

  • Discretionary annual performance-based bonus.

  • Private pension (10% total, up to 5% individual contribution matched by Sharkmob).

  • BUPA private Healthcare, Cigna dental cover, life insurance scheme and income protection policy.

  • £425 yearly preventative healthcare allowance.

  • Core studio hours 10:00-16:00 with 1 'wellness hour' to be used per week.

  • Daily breakfasts, snacks & refreshments at the studio.

  • VISA sponsorship (individual & dependents).

  • Relocation assistance for people outside the UK (1 month accommodation, flights/travel paid for, logistics/removal costs reimbursed).

  • Assistance for people relocating within the UK (reimbursement for expenses on travel into London for flat viewings and moving vans/couriers)